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Peaceful tribute to Joe’s bravery

A MUM and dad whose son was killed in Afghanistan, have planted a tree in his memory.

A MUM and dad whose son was killed in Afghanistan, have planted a tree in his memory.

Rifleman Joe Murphy, from Castle Bromwich, was killed by a bomb-blast as he bravely attempted to carry a comrade to safety.

On Monday, parents Brian and Jill planted a sapling on the village green – not far from the family home.

The Dove tree, which is native to China, is the centrepiece of a new, peace garden – created by young people.

For over a year, the Castle Bromwich Youth Parish Council planned the leafy plot, and have spent hours tending the earth.

But the project suffered a setback last month, when heartless thieves stole some of the plants.

Cathy Tibbles, parish council clerk, said the young people were devastated by the thefts.

However, the group were determined to carry on, meeting with Rifleman Murphy’s relatives earlier this week.

The ceremony took place in the morning, with a white cross, and poppy placed at the base of the tree.

Rifleman Murphy, who studied at Archbishop Grimshaw School, was killed on July 10 last year. He was just 18-years-old.

A few weeks later, hundreds of mourners turned out to pay their respects, and a funeral was held at St Wilfred’s Roman Catholic Church.

On Remembrance Sunday, the parish council will also be laying a memorial stone – paying tribute to all fallen servicemen.

 

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