ILKESTON hero L/Sgt Dave Greenhalgh has been honoured at a new community-funded war memorial in Mansfield.
His name is among seven local soldiers who lost their lives in modern wars post World War II including Afghanistan, Iraq, Korea, the Falklands and Northern Ireland.
The new landmark at Carr Bank Park in Mansfield was unveiled to the public in a moving blessing ceremony where relatives of the seven men laid the first wreaths.
The memorial was first shown to the families at a special private ceremony last Thursday.
Speaking at the private showing, Jean Greenhalgh, grandmother of L/Sgt Greenhalgh, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010, said: “It is absolutely wonderful, I love the way they have done it, it’s hard to put into words. David loved the army, it was his life, all he wanted to do was serve his country.
“My son Stephen Greenhalgh could not be here today so I have come on his behalf.”
The memorial was partly funded through a community-led campaign launched in 2009, which raised £70,000 towards the granite sculpture with help coming from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme.
The memorial itself features a trio of teardrops, one for each of the armed forces, plus a chain link fence representing the Merchant Navy.
Reverend David Fudger of St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Mansfield, delivered the formal blessing before wreaths were laid and the last post sounded, with forces representatives including cadets, Grenadier Guards and Mercian Regiment members in full uniform.
Guests included Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Col Roger Merryweather, High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire John Peace and Mansfield Mayor Tony Egginton.