New memorial to honour local hero Lance Corporal Jamie Webb


A new memorial to a much-loved soldier from Handforth will be unveiled this week to mark the anniversary of his death.

Lance Corporal Jamie Webb of 1st Battalion The Mercian Regiment (Cheshire) was tragically killed in Afghanistan in March 2013. He died as a result of wounds sustained during an insurgent attack on his patrol base in Helmand Province, just over a week before he was due to come home.

The brave 24-year-old soldier, who was born in Wythenshawe and attended Wilmslow High School and Macclesfield College, overcame two brain operations to return to active duty.

The memorial will be unveiled on Tuesday 26th March at 11:30am and a service will be held at Handforth War Memorial to commemorate the bravery of Lance Corporal Jamie Webb who was sadly killed on his second tour of Afghanistan.

His brother Luke Webb said "Jamie demonstrated exceptional bravery throughout his life. He overcame two brain operations and returned to active duty with the Mercian Regiment following an attack whilst on leave after a tour in Iraq. He then deployed twice to Afghanistan, working as a Point Man, an Intelligence Analyst and Section Second-in-Command.

"Tragically, Jamie was killed during his second 7-month tour in Afghanistan in 2013 aged just 24. When a vehicle-borne truck bomb was driven into perimeter wall at Patrol Base Folad and insurgents attacked the base. The Mercian Regiment's C Company, stood firm and took the fight right back to the enemy.

"Jamie's remarkable resilience, kindness, and love for his country make him an exemplary role model, showcasing the existence of genuine heroes like him serving our country."

Luke added "A special thank you too Handforth Town Council for making this day possible."


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