Rawmarsh servicemen remembered

RAWMARSH servicemen who died over the years since World War Two will be honoured at a special memorial service this month, attended by their families.

They will include James Leverett, who died on July 7 last year, aged 20, while serving with the Royal Dragoons in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

But the family of another – Pilot Officer Eric Curry – have yet to be traced...

He died in October 1956 when his aircraft crashed during a training accident at RAF Driffield, East Yorkshire. His last known address was Marrion Road at Rawmarsh but efforts to trace his family so far have failed.

His name will be included on a new commemorative plaque on the Rawmarsh Hill War Memorial, along with those of James.

Also on the plaque will be Keith John Powell, who died in the Regents Park bomb tragedy in 1982, and Andrew Harvey who died while serving with the Prince of Wales’ Own Regiment in Northern Ireland in October 2002.

The private service will take place on June 30, at Rawmarsh Parish Church, followed by the unveiling of the plaque at the nearby war memorial.

Mayor of Rotherham and Rawmarsh councillor Shaun Wright said: “We have been working for some time towards this deserved recognition for these local men who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country. Acknowledging their service is the least we can do.”