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Castleford soldiers remembered

A war memorial to Castleford's fallen war heroes is being officially dedicated today.

They will include 18-year-old Rifleman James Backhouse, who was killed in a blast in Afghanistan in 2009, and Bombardier Craig Hopson, who died when the vehicle he was in hit a mine.

There will be a march by the British Legion from outside the Territorial Army HQ through the town to the new memorial.

This new memorial will commemorate the people lost in the armed services and will be a place for us to remember them and the sacrifices they made for their country.

This service will mark the official dedication of the memorial to the fallen and we have been working closely with the Castleford British Legion in making this a memorial for the whole community.

– Councillor Peter Box, Leader of Wakefield Council

The new memorial is a fitting tribute in honour of those that have given their lives for their country. It has also been an opportunity to record the names of the fallen from the wars on plaques adjacent the memorial.

– Bob Smith, President of Castleford British Legion

WW2 veteran can go to memorial unveiling

There has been an emotional victory for a World War Two rear gunner who had been told that he would not be allowed to help honour his comrades who never made it home.

Freddie Johnson helped to raise money for a Bomber Command memorial in London only be refused a place at the unvieling ceremony - that was until Calendar heard about his story. Matt Price reports.


Veteran told he CAN go to memorial unveiling

A Second World War hero, who survived nearly a hundred bombing missions, was told he could not go to the unveiling of a memorial to those who died because tickets have run out. Freddie Johnson from Tadcaster helped raise funds for the memorial, but now, organisers he will be able to attend.

The number of operations he flew was extraordinary; most men were lucky to do five. We lost contact with him over the years but we are now going to make sure he is able to attend the service.

– Douglas Radcliffe, secretary of the Bomber Command Association


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