School creates memorial garden in honour of fallen soldier

First published in News

A garden has been opened at a Worcester school in memory of a fallen Worcester soldier.

Private Jason Williams, died aged 23, in Afghanistan in 2009 after stepping on an improvised explosive device as his platoon searched for the body of a fallen comrade.

Private Williams was a former pupil at Bishop Perowne CE Performing Arts College, prompting the school to create the garden in his honour.

The memorial garden will also act as a lasting tribute to the school's former chair of governors John Bailey, who was a nephew of both Bishops Perowne, and died last year aged 88.

Current pupils designed and constructed the garden as part of a joint project in design and technology and maths.

Private Williams's mother Linda was at the school for the opening of the garden on Tuesday, April 8 along with Councillor Gordon Yarranton, the chair of Worcestershire County Council, and Councillor Mary Drinkwater, who officially opened the garden.

The garden's creation was made possible thanks to a donation from Mrs Drinkwater's community fund.

Also there was site manager Alan Smith, representing the Worcester and Sherwood Foresters Regiment, and Richard Browning, Private Williams's best friend.

Headteacher Julie Farr said: "It launched our specialism in science, technology and maths.

"The students raised a large amount of money to make it possible and designed it."

Ms Farr said as well as being used as a teaching area the peaceful garden would be somewhere where flowers could be laid or acts of remembrance carried out.

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