Lasting memorial to hero soldier ex-pupil

Corporal Liam Elms
Corporal Liam Elms

A SCHOOL garden has been created in memory of a Wigan soldier killed in Afghanistan.

St Joseph’s Primary School in Wrightington has created a garden which includes a planting area and a place to play musical instruments, dedicated to former pupil, Corporal Liam Elms.

Cpl Elms, of 45 Commando Royal Marines, died on New Year’s Eve in 2008 while on patrol in Afghanistan.

Since his death, residents throughout Wrightington have kept his memory alive holding events and special memorial ceremonies.

The schoolchildren decided the garden, which will be unveiled this week, should be in honour of him.

Deputy headteacher Eileen Broadstock taught Cpl Elms when he was a pupil and said: “Liam was a very adventurous boy and the garden is something he would have loved exploring and enjoyed playing in.”

Split into two parts, the garden which cost just under £22,000, will consist of a barked area with seating, a mirror, musical instruments and a giant sail to provide shade.

There is also a trail which includes many activities such as a balance beam, cross ropes, climber scramble net and a Burmese bridge and a plaque dedicated to him.

Around 10 per cent of the garden’s expense was raised by the school and the Parent, Teacher and Friends’ Association.

A spokesman for the PTFA said: “The garden was created by the pupils themselves. A selection of pupils make up the School Council which meets once a week, and they were instrumental in choosing what went into the garden. The school is very proud of Liam’s courage and achievements.”