Bid to find relatives of crash pilot

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Relatives of a Rotherham RAF officer killed in a training exercise are being sought to attend a commemoration ceremony in the town to honour military personnel who have lost their lives.

Rotherham Borough Council officials want to trace relatives of Pilot Officer Eric Curry, who were last known to live at Marrion Road in Rawmarsh.

Pilot Officer Curry died in October 1956 when his aircraft crashed during a training accident at RAF Driffield, East Yorkshire.

His name is to be included on a new commemorative plaque on the Parkgate and Rawmarsh War Memorial to honour military personnel from the Parkgate and Rawmarsh area who have lost their lives while serving with the armed forces since the end of World War Two.

A service is to be held at St. Mary’s Church, Rawmarsh, on Thursday, June 30, before the commemorative plaque is unveiled at the nearby cenotaph.

The plaque will also contain the names of 20-year-old James Leverett, of the Royal Dragoon Guards Regiment, who was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in July last year; Keith John Powell, who died in a bomb blast in Regents Park in July 1982 and Andrew Harvey, who died while serving with the Prince of Wales Own Regiment in Northern Ireland in October 2002.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Coun Shaun Wright, said: “We have been working towards this deserved recognition for these local men who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country for some time.

“Acknowledging their service is the least we can do and the result will be a permanent reminder of the risks we ask our young men and women to take on our behalf.”

Pilot Officer Curry’s relatives should contact Lesley Shepherd at Rotherham Borough Council by emailing lesley.shepherd@rotherham.gov.uk or ringing 01709 823855.