Street to be named after fallen soldier as council do U-turn following campaign by The Sun

A STREET is set to be named in recognition of a fallen soldier, in a council U-turn following a campaign by The Sun.

We launched our push in memory of Pte Jeff Doherty after his local authority refused to honour him.

 A street is set to be named in recognition of Pte Jeff 'JJ' Doherty who was killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008

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A street is set to be named in recognition of Pte Jeff ‘JJ’ Doherty who was killed by the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2008Credit: PA:Press Association

Pte Doherty, known as JJ, was shot dead in a Taliban ambush in Afghanistan in 2008, two days after he turned 20.

Southam Council, Warwicks, initially offered to name a street after him — then changed its policy on memorials.

Now it is poised to vote to allow it after all.

His mum, Joyce, 46, said: “We’re hopeful they will see sense. JJ made the ultimate sacrifice.”

Labour MP Hilary Benn said: “His sacrifice should be commemorated.”

We launched our campaign after JJ’s brother, Pte Fin Doherty, 18, was awarded a gong at The Sun’s Millies for following in his footsteps to become a para.

Other towns have honoured their war dead with street names.

Charlie Wood Way in Middlesbrough was named after the bomb disposal expert, 34, who was killed in Afghanistan in 2010.

And Corporal Roberts Close in Helmington, Middlesbrough, was named after Cpl Andrew Roberts, 32, who was killed in Helmand Province in 2012.

 The fallen soldier will be honoured after his local authority took a U-turn following a campaign by The Sun

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The fallen soldier will be honoured after his local authority took a U-turn following a campaign by The SunCredit: PA:Press Association
 JJ's brother, Pte Fin Doherty, pictured on the left, followed in JJ's brave footsteps and was crowned Best Recruit at Army Foundation College Harrogate

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JJ’s brother, Pte Fin Doherty, pictured on the left, followed in JJ’s brave footsteps and was crowned Best Recruit at Army Foundation College HarrogateCredit: Glen Minikin
 Fin Doherty, 18, was awarded a gong at The Sun's Millies for following in his footsteps to become a brave para

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Fin Doherty, 18, was awarded a gong at The Sun’s Millies for following in his footsteps to become a brave paraCredit: Peter Jordan – The Sun
 Labour MP Hilary Benn said: 'His sacrifice should be commemorated'

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Labour MP Hilary Benn said: ‘His sacrifice should be commemorated’Credit: Alamy Live News
Pte Fin Doherty wins ‘Inspiring Others’ at The Millies after following in the footsteps of Parachute Regiment brother killed in action in Afghanistan


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