Plans to install a new war memorial in Frecheville - led by a determined veteran - are to be considered shortly.
The proposals, the brainchild of 93-year-old Bill Carlinem, are now in the hands of planners after the community raised £7,000 in donations for the memorial.
It will remember 19 Frecheville men who made the ulimate sacrifice during World War Two.
Great-grandfather Bill served in the RAF during the same conflict and started his campaign with the aim of collecting £3,000.
He was hoping to have the new memorial, which will be at the rear of Frecheville Community Centre, overlooking Frecheville pond, installed by May for the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.
Former coal merchant Bill, of Birley Moor Road, said: “We might not be able to do it for May now but we have raised over £7,000, we’ve done really well.
“We had the plans ready before Christmas, about three months ago, but we have had some headaches.
“The council wanted to check some health and safety, whether we would have railings around the memorial, which obviously we will.
“But we had a meeting with the council last week and the plans have gone in now, hopefully it will be approved as soon as possible.”
Birley Coun Karen McGowan has also commented in support of the war memorial .
The 19 Frecheville 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.