A SOLDIER killed in Afghanistan was honoured at the official opening of a new remembrance garden in Billinge.
Local councillors, residents and guests paid their respects to tragic Guardsman Christopher Davies – the 100th member of the British armed forces to pay the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan this year.
The official opening of the remembrance garden was held on the same day as Guardsman Davies’ full military funeral.
Guardsman Davies, 22, who served with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards alongside his brother John, 21, was gunned down in an ambush by insurgents in the Nahr-e-Saraj district of Helmand province last month.
The new remembrance garden is designed as a place of quiet reflection for Billinge residents to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict as well as people who have contributed positively to the local community.
A short opening ceremony marked the end of the long road from idea to construction and acknowledged the contributions made by local residents in bringing the garden to life. It also paid tribute to the support of ward councillors and the funding provided by the Billinge and Seneley Green Ward Committee, St Helens Council, Billinge Parish Council, Ibstock Cory Environmental Trust and Marstons PLC.
The ceremony also saw local youngsters Reece Davies and Joseph Bird plant a tree, ward councillors read poems and Billinge resident Annie Wilson lay a wreath.
A one-minute silence was then observed and the Last Post and Reveille sounded.