Sheffield war veteran’s delight as cash raised for new memorial

World War Two veteran Bill Carline at home in Frecheville, Sheffield.
World War Two veteran Bill Carline at home in Frecheville, Sheffield.
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A veteran’s campaign for a new Sheffield war memorial has marked a milestone – after he raised £5,000 in just months.

Bill Carline wants a new memorial to mark the ultimate sacrifices made by the community of Frecheville.

The 92-year-old World War Two veteran has since been deluged with generous donations and support from across the city.

Today the great-grandfather of 10, a lifelong Frecheville resident, thanked all who had helped.

He said: “We are doing very well, we have raised about £5,000.

“Everyone has been absolutely fantastic.

“The Birley and The Sherwood pubs, as well as the shops on Birley Moor Road, have been really good by letting people know and holding events.

“I’ve had a few strangers donate money to the cause as well.

“I never expected this kind of response, I would like to thank everyone who has helped.”

Plans for the memorial have now been submitted to Sheffield Council for consideration.

The new permanent memorial will be dedicated to the 19 men of Frecheville who lost their lives during World War Two.

Some of the families of the 19 men – who are currently remembered with trees on Heathfield Road – have also donated money to the cause.

The new memorial will hopefully be installed overlooking Frecheville pond.

Bill said he hoped the memorial would be completed by May 16 next year, to coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War.

The former coal merchant and RAF recruit, who has just returned from a trip to Belgium to visit war graves of local soldiers, said: “We have sent the plans in now so we need to wait for those to be approved and then start the work.

“We definitely want to have the memorial by next May.”

Donations are still coming in for the memorial work.

* To help with the appeal, call 0114 2397796.