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Leading homebuilder names roads for village war heroes

David Wilson Homes Mercia has paid tribute to men from a Warwickshire Village who gave their lives fighting in World War 1 through the road names at its Oakfields development.

Each of the five roads at Oakfields in Harbury is named in honour of a man from the village who died fighting in WW1 as part of a larger WW1 Memorial Trail project by Harbury Parish Council.

The project, led by Cllr Chris Gibb, researched the 34 men named on Harbury’s War Memorials and installed 20 plaques to mark where some of the men lived in the village before the war.

The five men honoured by the road names are:

  • Charles Bird – Bird Walk
  • Raymond Brooks – Brooks Drive
  • Stephen Hawtin – Hawtin End
  • Alfred Overs – Overs Grove
  • Frank Rainbow – Rainbow Crescent

The developer also funded a noticeboard for the Parish Council to inform residents and visitors of the men behind the road names and their stories. The noticeboard has been installed on Bush Heath Lane, where the development is situated.

Cllr Tim Lockley, Chairman of Harbury Parish Council, said:

“Harbury Parish Council is pleased to have been able to work with David Wilson Homes to commemorate some of the men from the village who died during the First World War. In 2017 we undertook a local history project to find out more about each man listed on the village wra memorial. Now, in this centenary year, these new road names will ensure that their sacrifice is never forgotten.”

John Fitzgerald, Managing Director at David Wilson Homes Mercia, said:

“Harbury Parish Council’s WWI Memorial Trail is a fantastic way to remember those who sacrificed their life while fighting for their country and it is an honour to be a part of this project.

“It is important to us as a leading housebuilder to promote the history of the local area around our developments wherever we can and we are pleased that these five men, alongside the others who gave their lives will be remembered for years to come.”

Oakfields is a beautiful development which benefits from a friendly village community with picturesque countryside views. The properties are just three miles from Southam and combine the best of both worlds with scenic surroundings and fantastic commuter links.

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