Roads named after three RAF heroes

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THREE Calderdale heroes who fought in the Battle of Britain have been honoured with a lasting tribute.

Roads at a new housing development in Ovenden, Halifax, have been named after Pilot Officer Walter Beaumont, Sergeant Geoffrey Garside and Pilot Officer Kenneth Manger.

Families of the brave airmen attended a special reception at the Wheatley Chase site, off Keighley Road, to see the road signs unveiled.

Margaret Beaumont, from Hebden Bridge and sister-in-law of Walter Beaumont, said: “It’s lovely to know they are still valued and will be remembered.”

The roads will be known as Manger Gardens, Garside Drive and Beaumont Chase, with an apartment building on the latter called Walter House.

The re-naming by developer Redrow follows an appeal from Calderdale Council for ideas of how a permanent tribute could be paid during the 70th anniversary year of the Battle of Britain.

Councillor John Hardy, Deputy Mayor of Calderdale, said: “More than 100 Yorkshire men were involved in the Battle of Britain and we are all proud of the bravery displayed by Pilot Officer Walter Beaumont, Sergeant Geoffrey Garside and Pilot Officer Kenneth Manger in fighting for our country.

“Naming the roads in honour of these men is not just a tribute to their efforts, but also serves as a lasting memory to all servicemen involved.”

Two of the men died in the conflict and their names are on the RAF Runnymede Memorial and the Battle of Britain Monument.

All three have been remembered with school memorial plaques from The Battle of Britain Historical Society.