THE family of fallen soldier Jamie Hancock have spoken of their pride after a new housing estate road was named in his honour.
The Kingsman’s parents and soldier brother Joe attended the unveiling of a memorial stone at the newly named Hancock Close, in Hindley Green.
The inscription on the memorial stone describes him as “a local lad” and “a lion of England”.
Jamie, of 2nd Battalion The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, was only 19 when he died while on sentry duty in Basra in 2006.
His dad Eddie said: “We are so proud of Jamie.
“He will be remembered longer than any of us, which is nice. He put 100 per cent into everything he did and did not give up.”
His brother Joe, a sergeant who works in Colchester military prison, added: “The opening of Hancock Close symbolises support and recognition to our brave servicemen and women, who dedicate their lives in support of our great nation and way of life.
“I hope this is the first of many tributes from communities and councils to immortalise the unique sacrifices and selfless commitment of our Armed Forces.”
Eddie added that he is campaigning to ensure the thousands of injured servicemen get the treatment they need.
He said: “I have always been vocal about the war in Iraq and the reason they went to fight. The soldiers were ill-equipped.
“We also need to focus on those who are coming to terms with their injuries and not focus on the success stories.
“We don’t see the life sentence of suffering they endure.”
Wigan Mayor, Coun Billy Rotherham said: “Kingsman Hancock gave his life in the service of his country and it is right we honour his sacrifice with this fitting tribute. It is wonderful that Jamie’s name will live on for years to come.”