Four roads to be re-named in honour of fallen war heroes

John Molyneux, who won the Victoria Cross
John Molyneux, who won the Victoria Cross

Roads in St Helens are to be re-named in honour of soldiers from the borough who won the Victoria Cross.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of the motion - timed to co-incide with Remembrance Sunday - to honour Norman Harvey, John Molyneux, John Davies and Frederick Hall.

All four won the Victoria Cross - the highest honour which can bestowed on members of the British Army.

Council bosses are yet to decide which roads should be re-named. The motion was put before council by Coun Seve Gomez Aspron, cabinet member for environment and neighbourhoods.

He said: “The centenary is of monumental significance and this council resolves to honour the occasion.

“The council wishes to place on record our thanks to all the organisations across the borough that are involved in the work commemorating the centenary.

“As a borough we have proud military links from both past and present. We are home to a number of uniformed brigades, cadet branches and a unit from the Army Reserves.

“Our commitment for the Armed Forces Dave Parade and Remembrance services in all our towns and villages show how the council wishes to recognise and support the sacrifice made by the residents of our borough.

“Just as significant are those who are currently serving in the Armed Forces and our gratitude goes out to them too. Future links are readily being forged through the Armed Forces Covenant and the recently opened Centurion Centre.”