Swanton Morley streets and open space named after seven soldiers who died in Afghanistan

Craftsman Anthony Lombardi from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers.

Craftsman Anthony Lombardi from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. - Credit: PA

Seven soldiers who died fighting for their country will be forever remembered in Norfolk, from today, when streets and an open green space are named after them.

Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson from Doncaster, South Yorkshire of The Light Dragoons.

Sergeant Lee Paul Davidson from Doncaster, South Yorkshire of The Light Dragoons. - Credit: PA

Sergeant Bradley Rix of the Light Dragoons will today help Hopkins Homes erect street name signs honouring fallen members of the regiment.

It will help to ensure that the sacrifices of L/Cpl Richard Brandon, L/Cpl David Dennis, Trooper Phillip Lawrence, Craftsman Anthony Lombardi, L/Cpl Nigel Moffett, Trooper Christopher Whiteside, who all died whilst on duty in Afghanistan in 2009, along with Sgt Lee Davidson, who died in Afghanistan in 2012, will never be forgotten.

The street signs at the new Meadow View development at Swanton Morley, near Dereham, have a special significance for Sgt Rix who served alongside the soldiers.

Sgt Rix was based at Swanton Morley for 15 years and he maintains a close connection to the area. Since the regiment relocated to Catterick Garrison in Yorkshire Sgt Rix has been making the 200-mile commute back to the area on a weekly basis.

Trooper Christopher Whiteside of The Light Dragoons.

Trooper Christopher Whiteside of The Light Dragoons. - Credit: PA


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He said: 'When I saw temporary street signs go up around the development I asked if I could help dig in the permanent signs.

'I am proud to have served alongside these soldiers and have remained in contact with the families of the guys I knew personally.

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'I was particularly close to Sgt Lee Davidson, in whose memory I organise an annual football tournament in his home town of Doncaster.

'These guys died serving their country and it is right that their names should live on, not just in our memories but as part of daily life.'

Lance Corporal David Dennis from The Light Dragoons.

Lance Corporal David Dennis from The Light Dragoons. - Credit: PA

Swanton Morley has a long connection with the Light Dragoons, serving as their regimental home between 2000 and 2015.

More than 4,000 people lined the streets of Dereham to wish the regiment well on their final parade through the town before their relocation to Yorkshire in 2015.

Lee Barnard of Hopkins Homes said: 'The residents of Swanton Morley are rightly proud of their connection to the Light Dragoons. These soldiers died serving their country and we are feel it is fitting that their names will live on in a place where families and a community will grow and thrive.

'We are honoured to have Sgt Rix help us set the signs today and hope that he, the regiment and the families of these soldiers will be able to watch the community develop around these streets.'

Trooper Phillip Lawrence.

Trooper Phillip Lawrence. - Credit: PA

The streets will be named Brandon Close, Dennis Close, Lawrence Way, Lombardi Mews, Moffett Road and Whiteside Mews.

The open space will be known as Davidson Park.

Lance Corporal Richard James Brandon.

Lance Corporal Richard James Brandon. - Credit: PA

L/Cpl Nigel Moffett, of the Light Dragoons.

L/Cpl Nigel Moffett, of the Light Dragoons.

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