Mum welcomes idea of naming streets after fallen soldiers


A mum whose son died in Afghanistan says she supports an idea to name some streets in Worthing after fallen soldiers and would welcome a similar scheme in Crawley.

John Brackpool, 27, from Bewbush, who served in the Prince of Wales Company, 1st Battalion Welsh Guards, was killed in 2009 in the Helmand Province, just two days before his birthday.

The soldier, who was on his last tour, had been on sentry duty when he was struck by a round of gun fire.

Mum Carol said she supported a scheme set up by Worthing Borough Council to name streets after its fallen soldiers.

She said if Crawley were to bring in a similar system she would throw her support behind it. She said: “At the moment, it is Worthing which is naming its streets after its fallen. I was asked my opinion on it and I support it. I think it is a lovely idea to be remembered and it will be there for a long time .

“If Crawley council were to approach me I would say it was a good idea but I would in no way pressure them to do it, because they have been so good and done so much. They put John’s name on the memorial. But as I say if they asked my permission for it, I would definitely agree.

“I think it is a lovely idea. In years to come, if someone was to ask who is this road named after they would be told John’s story.”

The Observer approached Crawley Borough Council and asked if it would consider naming streets in new development Kilnwood Vale after the town’s fallen soldiers.

A spokeswoman for the council said: “Following discussions with officers and other local authorities the council has decided not to pursue the idea to name streets after service men and women who have died in the war, instead we would prefer to commemorate their bravery in other ways.

“Among other concerns, the council felt it would be too difficult to choose one service person over another and potentially upsetting for those families who were not chosen.

“The council has been working with 103 Battalion REME (V) and service charities to agree an Armed Forces Community Covenant for the town. It will be signing this in June.”