Lasting tribute for Afghanistan soldier Cpl Stephen Curley
DOZENS of people turned out to commemorate the sacrifice made by local soldiers, as the names of two men who died decades apart were added to the Dewsbury’s war memorials.
Family and friends of Corporal Stephen Curley attended a dedication ceremony in Crow Nest Park, where his name has been engraved on a new ‘other conflicts’ monument.
Dewsbury-born Cpl Curley died in Afghanistan in May. His mother, Andrea, said: “I’m so very proud of him and it’s a lovely gesture from the people of Dewsbury.”
His father, Sean, added: “It’s a great honour to have this memorial for a man who died so that communities like the one that he grew up in can continue.”
A wreath was laid by Cpl Curley’s brother, also Sean. He said: “It’s nice to remember him in this way.”
Coun Eric Firth helped to organise the memorial. He said: “It’s a privilege to be involved and get these stones, but I only hope that no more names are written on them.”
Cpl Curley died nearly a century after Private Joseph Satchwell who died fighting in Northern France during World War I.
Pte Satchwell’s name was engraved on a separate plaque, as his name was not included on the First World War memorial with his brother Frederick’s.
The omission was discovered by Terry Ingham, a descendent of Pte Satchwell, who laid a wreath with a simple message: “Rest in peace. Remembered at last. Your family.”