A 92-year-old Sheffield war veteran is leading a fundraising campaign to see fallen comrades honoured forever.
Bill Carline, a great-grandfather of 10, wants a new permanent monument dedicated to the memory of 19 Frecheville men who died during World War Two.
He dreams of marking their ultimate sacrifice as the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War approaches this year – with the aim of completing the memorial by the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, next year.
Former coal merchant Bill, of Birley Moor Road, Frecheville, said: “I was in the RAF from 1942 to 1946 – I was one of the lucky ones who came home and that’s why I want to do this.
“I knew one or two of the Frecheville men who died.
“The anniversary of the end of World War Two is in 2015 and we would like to have a memorial up by then.”
Lifelong Frecheville resident Bill, who served as a corporal in the RAF’s transport and supply operations, has launched the fundraising drive with the aim of raising £3,000 towards the memorial. He hopes it will be installed overlooking Frecheville pond.
There are 19 trees already planted on Heathfield Road, Frecheville, in memory of the fallen. Bill, who also hopes to trace the families of the 19 men, said: “There is also a small plaque in the community centre, but that’s not open all the time so we do need a permanent monument dedicated to the 19 who lost their lives.
“I’ve got a man who will build it for free if we supply all the materials. Hopefully we will need about £3,000.”
Coun Bryan Lodge, Sheffield Council member for Birley ward, said: “We’re pleased to support Mr Carline in his efforts. It’s fitting for a more visible tribute to those who have lost their lives in the service of their country.”
The 19 men who died were J Ashford, DH Beresford, RJ Booker, LA Cook, P Cowlishaw, C Haynes, JC Harrold, WA Harrison, GR Hargate, S Head, R Knott, A E Letch, A P Manning, C Pratt, H Rastrick, C A Sugden, GR Turner, E Vickers and S Watson.
To help with the appeal, call Mr Carline on 0114 239 7796.