Mum’s heartfelt plea for Nuneaton road to be renamed in honour of tragic hero soldier son

‘It is close to where he was born and grew up’ she said

The mum of a young soldier tragically killed in Afghanistan has asked for a Nuneaton road to be renamed in honour of her son. Denise Carter has written to Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council to ask if Clinic Drive, a small stretch of road off Coton Road, can be changed to remember her son, Louis, who lost his life in Afghanistan in 2009, aged just 18.

In her heartfelt letter, it states that the stretch of road has huge significance to the memory of her son. She lists the reasons why, saying: “It is close to where he was born and grew up. He lived in Riversley Road.

“He was laid to rest in Our Lady of the Angels church in Clinic Drive. His childhood was spent playing in Riversley Park, and he was schooled in the nursery, infants and junior school in Clinic Drive.” She also added that there no residents in Clinic Drive.

The play area in nearby Riversley Park is already named after the Royal Fusilier who was killed by a booby-trap bomb in Afghanistan, while trying to rescue an injured colleague. But she says: “It has been mentioned many times that there was the possibility of having a street named in his memory. Unfortunately, to date, nothing has developed from these conversations.

“He is now the only soldier killed in that action that does not have a street named in his memory.”

Back in the summer, part of Rye Piece Ringway in Bedworth was re-named to Sergeant Simon Valentine Wa y to honour the Bedworth Sergeant who also sadly lost his life in Afghanistan in 2009.

But Fusilier Carter’s mum is not the only one to have made a request to rename part of Clinic Drive. Our Lady of the Angels Church has made a request to the council for the unnamed stretch of road that leads up to the church and Our Lady and St Joseph Academy, to be named ‘Angels Way’.

Now the council’s civic honour’s sub committee are due to meet tonight (Monday, November 6) to look at the two requests. A decision is not set to be made on either requests during the meeting, but instead on whether to instruct officers to carry out full investigations to see if either meet the council’s policy.