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Winshill remembers with commemorative WW1 roses at peace wood

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 01, 2014

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PEOPLE in Winshill with a family member who served in the First World War are being given the opportunity to honour them in a special way.

Winshill Parish Council, which runs the Coltman VC Peace Wood, is offering families the chance the plant a rose at the commemorative site to remember their relative, just as the centenary of the start of the Great War arrives next month.

It is the next stage in the development of the wood, which opened in memory of William Coltman VC, who is buried at St Mark’s Church.

The roses will be put in large tubs, and planted with a tag bearing the name of the person who died. The tags, which will also carry the name of the person making the donation, are available from the parish council.

Heidi Gaynor is the first person to buy a rose, in memory of her grandfather Ted Ross, who lived in Eldon Street.

He was shot and injured in the conflict, and never worked again.

She chose a white rose, as her Mr Ross gave one to her mother when Heidi was born, to thank her for his new granddaughter.

Ms Gaynor said: “The rose garden allows people to have their own personal memory.”

Anyone interested should call Margaret Fletcher on 01283 568218 or email m.fletcher99@btinternet.com

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