Street to be named in honour of Jamie

Kingsman Jamie Hancock, who was killed in Iraq in 2006
Kingsman Jamie Hancock, who was killed in Iraq in 2006

HE died a hero serving his country in Iraq and now Wigan soldier Jamie Hancock will be remembered with a street named after him.

Hancock Close will be the centrepiece of a new housing development in Hindley Green, close to where the 19-year-old grew up.

Kingsman Jamie, who was part of the Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment, died in 2006 while on sentry duty in Basra.

Dad Eddie told the Evening Post that the gesture from Wigan Council was “very kind”.

He said: “It means that Jamie’s name will be remembered for a long time and that’s nice for the family.

“It will make me think of all soldiers who have been killed with him and those also who have been wounded in Iraq.”

The council will unveil a memorial stone dedicated to the former Hesketh Fletcher High School pupil at a ceremony in March at which a military bugler will perform a rendition of the Last Post.

Council leader Lord Peter Smith said: “Kingsman Hancock gave his life in service. It’s our duty to honour and remember him and his sacrifice.

“The council has statutory street naming powers. It’s unusual for us to name a road after an individual but in this case I think it is entirely appropriate.

“By all accounts, Jamie was an outstanding young man cruelly taken from his family at far too young an age.

“I hope seeing this tribute so close to where they live will be a source of pride and comfort for those Jamie left behind.” The inscription on the memorial stone will pay tribute to Jamie, who also attended Thomas Street Community Primary, and describe him as both a “local lad” and a “lion of England.”

His Company Commander described him as “an energetic individual who lived for the army and had a very promising career ahead of him.”