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Plaque unveiled to honour 94 Great War dead at peace wood

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: June 03, 2014

  • 02/06/14 Coltman wood signs at peace wood - Mill Hill Lane, Winshill New signs on Coltman Peace Wood, Mill Hill Lane..

  • Lance Corporal W H (bill) Coltman

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A COMMEMORATIVE sign to honour the heroic deeds of Great War soldiers has been unveiled

Volunteers have also planted hundreds of flowers at the William Coltman Peace Wood, in Winshill, honouring the most decorated non-commissioned officer of the war.

Rustic benches, history plaques telling Cotman’s story and 150 trees dedicated to the 94 Winshill men who died in the conflict will also be planted at the site, off Mill Hill Lane.

Winshill Parish Council has spearheaded the project, but East Staffordshire Borough Council, the National Forest and Burton firm Hardy Signs have also played significant roles.

Parish councillor Margaret Fletcher said the wood could not have gone ahead without their support.

She told the Mail: “A lot of effort has gone into the peace wood, but it’s been worthwhile and a lot of people have commented on how good it looks.”

John Coltman, 68, of Bretby Lane, Burton is the grandson of the famous war hero.

He told the Mail: “We’re proud that people are recognising what he did, but we all know he was a very quiet man and would not have spoken about it.”

Wayne Chadfield is a sales administrator from Hardy Signs, which donated the plaque to the memorial wood.

He said: “It seemed like a nice project to commemorate these people who lost their lives, so it’s a good cause.”

Councillor Fletcher added that plans are in the pipeline to work with schools to tell the stories of Winshill men who died.

These could also be included in upcoming editions of the Winshill parish magazine.

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