New roads named in honour of Lancaster World War One heroes
Three of Lancaster's most highly decorated World War One heroes have been honoured by housebuilders Barratt Manchester, who have named three roads at their new Quernmore Park development in memory of their lives and military bravery.
The housebuilder officially unveiled the road names to coincide with Armed Forces Day, inviting members of the Lancaster Royal British Legion and Air Cadets to join them in celebrating the lives of 2nd Lieutenant Ronald Macdonald MC, Private Reginald Sydney Dennison MM and Captain Albert Ellwood MC.
The three distinguished service men belonged to Lancaster’s Battalion of the King’s Own Royal Regiment, which fought throughout the First World War in France and Flanders, the Balkans, and the Middle East, as did other regiments.
However its casualties in France and Flanders per Battalion were higher than most of its neighbouring English County Regiments.
Barratt Manchester sales manager Alan Watt said: “It’s been fascinating finding out about the lives of these heroic men, who marched from their barracks at the former Wagon Works on Caton Road to the Castle railway station on the first leg of their journey to France.
“We were delighted to welcome representatives from the Lancaster Royal British Legion and Air Cadets to the site, who helped us to celebrate the new road names on a very important day of the military calendar.”
As part of its commitment to supporting the local communities in which it builds, Barratt Manchester has also made a donation of £500 to the Lancaster Royal British Legion.
Community fundraiser for the British Legion, Helen Mason, said: “It’s very moving to think back to the lives of these men, who along with thousands of other servicemen and women, lost their lives during the Great War.
“We thank Barratt for its donation and for making this touching gesture with the road names, which will help keep the legacy of our local World War One veterans alive for future generations.”