Council search for RAF pilot’s relatives

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LONG-LOST relatives of a local RAF officer killed on duty are being sought by Rotherham Borough Council for a commemoration ceremony being held this month.

The authority would like to hear from the family of Pilot Officer Eric Curry, whose family were last known to be living at Marrion Road in Rawmarsh. Pilot Officer Curry, who died in October 1956 when his aircraft crashed during a training accident at RAF Driffield, will have his name included on a new commemorative plaque on the Parkgate and Rawmarsh War Memorial.

On Thursday 30th June a private service is to be held at St. Mary’s Church in Rawmarsh, followed by the unveiling of the commemorative plaques to four service personnel at the nearby cenotaph. The ceremony will also commemorate James Leverett of the Royal Dragoon Guards Regiment, who was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan in July 2010, aged 20.

The Mayor of Rotherham Coun Shaun Wright said: “We have been working towards this deserved recognition for these local men who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country for some time.”

“Acknowledging their service is the least we can do and the result will be a permanent reminder of the risks we ask our young men and women to take on our behalf.”

Pilot Officer Curry’s relatives can contact Lesley Shepherd at Rotherham Borough Council on 01709 823855 or at lesley.shepherd@rotherham.gov.uk.