In support of our serving soldiers

A BOOK of Condolence has been opened at Rotherham Minster in remembrance of the six soldiers who lost their lives in Afghanistan last week.

The Mayor of Rotherham, Rawmarsh Councillor Shaun Wright, went to the Minster to sign the book.

Five of the soldiers who died belonged to the Third Battalion Yorkshire Regiment. In 2009, The Yorkshire Regiment was presented with the Freedom of the Borough of Rotherham for its service and to recognise the strong historic connections with Rotherham and with South Yorkshire. Freedom grants the regiment rights to march through the borough with ‘colours flying, bayonets fixed and drums beating’, according to tradition.

The Vicar of Rotherham, Canon David Bliss, said: “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the families and friends of those affected by this tragic loss.”

The inquest of a Rawmarsh soldier who died in July 2010 while serving in Afghanistan, took place only weeks ago at Rotherham.

James Leverett died as the result of an explosion that blew up the army vehicle in which he was travelling.

His name features on a plaque at Rawmarsh War Memorial, and his family has consistently fundraised for both Help for Heroes and the Royal Dragoon Guards regiment with which he served.

A fundraising show has been organised by James’ mother, Sharon Leverett, at the Star pub, Rawmarsh, on April 28.

The second Rawmarsh Got Talent show will include slots for children during the afternoon with an adult competition in the evening. Acts can range from song and dance to comedy or novelty. Contact Hayley on 01709 712010 for details.

The family of Tiffany Lound, James Leverett’s bereaved partner and mother of his son, recently presented the proceeds of a sponsored walk to the Royal Dragoon Guards, at York.