Whitby Memorial Footbridge


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Reference WMO235406

Address:

West Pier

North Yorkshire

Whitby

YO21

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Other structure/building
Materials:
  • Unknown Unknown
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Afghanistan (2001 -)
About the memorial: The Whitby Memorial Bridge, which links the West Pier and the pier extension, has replaced an old footbridge built in the 1940s which had been closed the previous September following safety concerns. Work to install the Whitby Memorial Bridge began in June and was completed at the end of July 2012.The bridge in Whitby was dedicated to two soldiers from the town who lost their lives in Afghanistan, The dedication ceremony on 9 August 2012 was attended by relatives of the two men, as well as the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Helen Mallory, members of the Whitby Harbour Board and the Mayor of Whitby, Cllr John Freeman. Sam Found, widow of Craftsman Andrew Found and eight year old Jessica Lawrence, daughter of Cpl Damien Lawrence unveiled a plaque at a ceremony to dedicate a footbridge in their memory.
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Whitby Memorial Bridge Opened July 2012. This bridge is dedicated to Cpl Damian Lawrence MiD 2nd Yorkshire Regiment killed on 17.2.2008 Age 25 & Cfn Andrew Found Royal Electrical & Mechanical Engineers killed on 16.6.2011 Age 27. Local Men who lost their lives in the service of their Country whilst serving in Afghanistan

Corporal Damian Lawrence, of the 2nd Battalion The Yorkshire Regiment, was injured by a bomb blast while on a patrol in the village of Kajaki in southern Afghanistan on February 17, 2008 during a joint UK-Afghan operation to clear compounds in the area. He and another soldier were evacuated to Camp Bastion by helicopter but Cpl Lawrence, who was born in Scarborough and raised in Whitby, died en route. Craftsman Andrew Found from the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers served with the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards (Carabiniers and Greys). He was killed in an explosion on June 16 2011 while on an operation near Adinza’i in the Gereshk Valley area, within the northern Nahr-e Saraj district of Helmand Province. Craftsman Found came from Whitby and was affectionately known as “Foundy”.

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