Memorial for Doncaster soldier Lee

Sgt Lee Davidson, 32, of Thorne, who was killed in Afghanistan
Sgt Lee Davidson, 32, of Thorne, who was killed in Afghanistan

A permanent memorial to a solider killed in Afghanistan has been created in his home village - as the first anniversary of his death approaches.

Sgt Lee Davidson of the Light Dragoons died in September last year after his vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb in the war-torn country while patrolling with the Afghan police in Helmand province.

The 32-year-old, from Thorne, left behind his pregnant wife Samantha and two sons, Jayden and Jamie, and there were calls for a memorial to honour the solider following his death.

Now an inscription paying tribute to Sgt Davidson has been added to the war memorial in the town’s Memorial Park, alongside the names of soldiers killed in World War One and World War Two.

Proud sister Tracy Davidson said: “We didn’t know about it until we got a call from the town council saying that Lee’s name had been added.

“It is nice to see Lee recognised and that his contribution will be remembered.

“At the same time it is emotional, because obviously we’d rather that it didn’t have to be there.”

The memorial lists the names of 150 people killed in the world wars and sits alongside a lake in the park, forming the focus for the town’s Remembrance Day events each year.

Paying an emotional tribute to her husband following his death on September 9 last year, Samantha Davidson said: “My gorgeous husband Lee, we all can’t believe you have gone.

“You are my best friend, lover and the best husband and father I could ever have wished for. You really are the total package - good looking, kind, loving, generous and the best dad I have ever known.”

A memorial book was also placed in Doncaster Minster.

Tracy added: “Obviously, with the anniversary of Lee’s death approaching, it is a very difficult time for the family. But we support each other.”