Appeal to families of servicemen buried at Sheffield cemetery to come forward

Nicolette Williams, mum of Sheffield's first serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan, Christopher Bridge.
Nicolette Williams, mum of Sheffield's first serviceman to be killed in Afghanistan, Christopher Bridge.
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RELATIVES of 69 war heroes buried at a Sheffield cemetery are being urged to come forward before the launch of a new memorial dedicated to their memory.

All the servicemen and women with graves at Shiregreen Cemetery are being honoured on a new monument which is being launched next month after fundraising led by a grieving mum who lost her airman son in Afghanistan.

Nicolette Williams, of Shiregreen, whose son Senior Aircraftsman Christopher Bridge died in 2007, sprung into action because the cemetery, where her son is also buried, is the only one in Sheffield without a war memorial.

She is urging relatives of the 69 World War Two heroes - whose names are being inscribed on the memorial along with her son’s and Royal Marine Lance Corporal Steven Jamie Fellows, from Parson Cross and who also died in Afghanistan - to get in touch.

Nicolette said: “It would be an honour to meet the families of the 69 World War Two fallen. The one thing in common is that we all have special loved ones who sacrificed their precious lives for our freedom.

“The memorial is a special way to say thanks and remember them for all time.”

Nicolette has raised £35,000 for the new granite memorial, helped by Ann Fellows, Jamie Fellows’ mum.

The memorial is being unveiled in a ceremony on Friday, September 14.

■ Relatives of the fallen World War Two heroes are asked to email shiregreenmemorial@gmail.com, write to Shiregreen Memorial, 18 Lyons Street, Sheffield, S4 7QS, or call Howard Knight 0114 2433936.