New development McClure Way honours Ipswich soldier who died in Afghanistan

Ipswich Mayor Bill Quinton and Lorraine McClure mother of Aaron McClure, who died during the war in

Ipswich Mayor Bill Quinton and Lorraine McClure mother of Aaron McClure, who died during the war in Afghanistan, broke ground at a launch to mark the start of work at a council house development in Ipswich. - Credit: Su Anderson

An Ipswich teenage soldier who died in Afghanistan has been honoured with the naming of a new road just a short distance from where he grew up.

Aaron McClure was just 19 and a Private in the Royal Anglians when he was killed in 2007.

Now his name has been immortalised for all time with the start of work on McClure Way, a new development of 22 council flats just off Ulster Avenue on the Whitehouse estate.

Aaron’s mother Lorraine was joined by other members of his family to place the name of the new road – and found the ceremony very poignant.

She said: “This is an area that Aaron knew very well, he was born and brought up around here and went to school just over the road.

“There are still a lot of people who knew him and remember him and this is a permanent memorial to him. We are very proud and very grateful to the council for doing this.”

The family has grown since Aaron’s death – and the name will be a reminder to his nephews and nieces of the uncle that they lost during the height of the fighting in Afghanistan.

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“This is a small community, a very close community and it is wonderful that this is here to remember him for ever,” Mrs McClure added.

Ipswich Council leader David Ellesmere said it had been very important to honour Aaron in a part of the town close to his home.

He said: “We’ve been talking to the family and we were all very anxious to ensure this memorial was in a part of Ipswich that Aaron knew and where people knew him.

“It is good that we are honouring someone who gave his life for his country with a development that will bring good homes for people who need somewhere to live.”

Work on the development is now underway and should be completed by the end of the year.

There will be 22 two-bedroomed flats that will be offered to families on the housing waiting list – part of a major house-building programme by the borough across Ipswich.