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Manchester street named after war hero

A new street in Hyde, Greater Manchester, has been named in honour of a fallen war hero killed in action in Afghanistan.

The family and friends of Harvey Holmes gathered in Hyde to celebrate his life and open Cpl Harvey Holmes Way. They were joined by the Civic Mayor of Tameside, Cllr Denise Ward and her Consort.

Cpl Harvey Holmes lost his life in 2010, aged 22, while investigating a compound explosion close to Patrol Base Waterloo, Sangin, in Helmand Province.

In his five years with the Army, Cpl Harvey Holmes served in some of the most arduous postings on offer. He was enlisted in the 1st Battalion 22nd Cheshire Regiment (which later amalgamated into the 1st Battalion of The Mercian Regiment) and had also served in Northern Ireland, Belize, the Falkland Islands and Iraq. During his time in Afghanistan he was attached to 40 Commando Royal Marines Battle Group.

When he died, Harvey Holmes was providing protection for his patrol as they investigated a compound east of Wishtan, close to Checkpoint Chakaw. 

Cllr Brenda Warrington, Executive Leader of Tameside Council, said: “We are delighted to have worked with Harvey’s family and Wain Homes to provide this fitting tribute in the naming and opening of a road in his honour. It’s especially poignant that Harvey’s road is so close to the family home and St Mary’s Church, where Harvey spent his childhood.”

The street bearing Harvey Holmes’ name is a new road which is part of the St Mary’s Gardens development in Newton, Hyde, built by Wain Homes. The road has been named under the council’s Honour Our Fallen pledge.

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