13:56 Friday 17 January 2014

Final tree put in place at Coltman peace wood

Written byMARK MCKAY

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A PEACE wood to commemorate a Burton war hero who was the most decorated solider in the First World War has been completed.

The William Coltman Memorial Peace Wood in Winshill was completed at a cost of £29,338.

Winshill Parish Council secured a £24,000 grant from East Staffordshire Borough Council’s neighbourhood fund, £3,000 from the National Forest as well as funding from the parish council.

William Coltman also received the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military medal twice.

Winshill parish councillor Dennis Fletcher said the wood, off Mill Lane, features 94 birch trees - one for each man from Winshill who died in the war.

He said: “We are absolutely delighted with the speed that it has come about. It was empty land before.”

Mr Fletcher said his wife, and fellow parish councillor Margaret, will research the men who died.

He said:“We want anyone with relatives in Winshill who died in the war to contact us because we would like to include them in the commemoration.”

Mr Fletcher also appealed for volunteers to help create story boards in the wood about the war.

Anyone interested call 01283 568218.

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