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Plaque unveiled to commemorate soldier

Private Ben Ford died in Afghanistan in 2007. Photo: ITV Central

The parents of a soldier from Chesterfield killed in Afghanistan have unveiled a plaque in his honour.

Private Ben Ford, from the 2nd Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Worcesters and Foresters), was just 18 when he died in 2007. He was with colleagues on a routine patrol 17km north of Lashkar Gah when the vehicle in which they were travelling was caught in an explosion.

It was his first overseas deployment with the Army.

Private Ford's mother, Jane, lays a wreath at the memorial Credit: ITV Central

Until now, Private Ford's name had been missing - along with those who died in the Second World War - from the war memorial in the village of Newbold in Chesterfield, where he grew up.

Volunteers have been working for seven years to get the names placed on the memorial.

Private Ford's name on the memorial in the village of Newbold in Chesterfield Credit: ITV Central

"Now it has happened, it has really made it feel very, very personal and welcomed in the community because he loved Newbold. He was a Newbold lad and it just made it fantastic."

"It's his village that his put his name [on the memorial]. It will never be removed from the village at any time and he would have been really, really proud of that fact."

– Jane Ford, Private Ford's mother
The memorial in Newbold Credit: ITV Central