A MEMORIAL stone and plaque now commemorate Lance Corporal Andrew Breeze on the Denton road named in his honour: L/Cpl Andrew Breeze Way.
Andrew - a former Audenshaw School pupil and member of the Church Lads’ and Girls’ Brigade at Christ Church, Denton – was killed in Afghanistan seven years ago while serving with the 1st Battalion Mercian Regiment. He died in an explosion while taking part in an operation to increase security at a checkpoint.
He had joined the army in 1996 and served in both the UK and Cyprus as well as on operations in Northern Ireland and Iraq.
The plaque, which was unveiled in the presence of the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Joyce Bowerman, and with the help of veterans from the Cheshire Regiment, states: “This road is named in honour of Lance Corporal Andrew Breeze, Mercian Regiment (22nd Cheshires) 1978-2010” and bears a poppy. The Cheshire Regiment amalgamated with the Staffords, and Worcesters and Foresters, to form the Mercian Regiment in 2007.
Cllr Frank Travis, Tameside Council’s armed forces champion, explained: “We felt naming the road after Andrew was not enough. We wanted something in place that would explain who he was. We settled on the stone and plaque after consulting his family.”
The naming of the road fulfils one of the authority’s 16 for 2016 pledges. “Honour our Fallen” promised to call new streets after servicemen and women who died in service. The road sign was made by two former Gurkhas at the Royal British Legion Industries factory in Ashford, Kent.
As part of its commitment to honouring servicemen and women who lost their lives, Tameside Council is asking people to nominate a fallen hero whom they would like a street to be named after. For further information and to nominate visit www.tameside.gov.uk/honourourfallen
L/Cpl Andrew Breeze Way (the Denton Link Road) connects Ashton Road with Hyde Road, bypassing Crown Point – a long-standing bottleneck on a key Tameside to Manchester route. It is part of the comprehensive redevelopment of the former Oldham Batteries site.
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