Memorial planned to remember war hero

Sergeant Lee Davidson, who was tragically killed in Afghanistan on September 9, 2012.
Sergeant Lee Davidson, who was tragically killed in Afghanistan on September 9, 2012.

The widow of a Doncaster soldier who died in Afghanistan has spoken of how moved she is by the town’s plans to create a garden in her late husband’s memory.

Sgt Lee Davidson, aged 32, was killed in September last year when his armoured vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Nahr-e Saraj, Helmand.

He left a widow, Sam, who was seven months pregnant with their third child when she heard the tragic news.

Now she has spoken of her pride of her husband, who was serving with the Light Dragoons when he died on September 9.

Sam, from Thorne, said: “It’s a fantastic idea and it’s lovely to think that I’ll be able to go to the park with our children.

“I’m very proud of Lee and I hope it will become a special place for our children.

“I think that it’s great that people in Thorne wanted to do this – it’s very touching. I only hope that people will look after it.”

Doncaster Council’s cabinet last week approved a grant of £63,000 for the refurbishment of Thorne Memorial Park, though Thorne Town Council has yet to make a final decision on its future.

Coun Martin Williams, one of the group behind the idea, said: “The plan is to create gardens that are as nice as possible for the people of Thorne to use.”