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Chadwick war hero remembered at last

CHADWICK End’s forgotten war hero is to be remembered at last in the Chinn Family Jubilee Wood.

CHADWICK End’s forgotten war hero is to be remembered at last in the Chinn Family Jubilee Wood.

The area’s only World War II casualty, an RAF pilot known simply as Jones, never got to have his name etched in stone in his own village.

Unlike most other towns, the hamlet has no war memorial to remember the brave lads fighting for their country.

But that is about to change as the Chinn family are planting almost 2,000 trees on a four-acre field off Netherwood Lane to celebrate their centuries-old ties with the area and have decided to include a small tribute to the unknown soldier.

Balsall Parish councillor Lionel King said: “He was the only person in the Chadwick End parish to be killed in the Second World War.

“I think it’s awfully sad that, 68 years after the war, he seems to have been forgotten,” he said.

“Jones lived in a group of houses called Chad Villas which adjoined the village hall.

“His last link to the village was Margaret Clark, the last of the Chinn sisters, who died last year. She apparently knew him.

“The Chinn family are quite happy to put a memorial in the Jubilee Wood to remember him.

“If he had belonged to a bigger parish he would have been included on another memorial but as Chadwick is so underpopulated, he did not get that opportunity.”

The Chinn family decided to create the wood, after the final residing family member Nora McStraw, passed away at the age of 98 two years ago.

“We thought it would be nice for posterity,” said Mr Clark. “It will be a marker for the Chinn family.

“The wood will belong to the family but once the trees have become established, villagers will be able to go and enjoy it.”

l Do you remember a Jones from Chadwick End who died fighting with the RAF in World War II?

If you are a relative or have any information, please get in touch on 0121 234 5661 or email hannah.jenningsparry@trinitymirror.com.

 

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