Street to be named after fallen soldier as council do U-turn following campaign by The Sun – The Sun

A STREET is set to be named in recognition of a fallen soldier, in a council U-turn following a campaign by The Sun.

We launched our push in memory of Pte Jeff Doherty after his local authority refused to honour him.

Pte Doherty, known as JJ, was shot dead in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2008, two days after he turned 20.

Southam Council, Warwicks, initially offered to name a street after him — then changed its policy on memorials.

Now it is poised to vote to allow it after all.

His mum, Joyce, 46, said: “We’re hopeful they will see sense. JJ made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Labour MP Hilary Benn said: “His sacrifice should be commemorated.”

We launched our campaign after JJ's brother, Pte Fin Doherty, 18, was awarded a gong at The Sun's Millies for following in his footsteps to become a para.

Other towns have honoured their war dead with street names.

Charlie Wood Way in Middlesbrough was named after the bomb disposal expert, 34, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

And Corporal Roberts Close in Helmington, Middlesbrough, was named after Cpl Andrew Roberts, 32, who was killed in Helmand Province in 2012.





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