Memorial plans for Mansfield soldier

Taran Cheesman memorial garden site.

Taran Cheesman memorial garden site.

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Plans have been revealed to build a memorial garden for a young Mansfield soldier who died after taking ill while serving in Afghanistan.

Twenty-one-year-old Lance Corporal Taran Cheeseman died on 7th June 2009 after being flown home, only one day after he arrived to fight, because medical teams suspected he was suffering from a ruptured spleen.

But he was eventually diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer and died shortly after being flown back to the UK.

His parents, Steven and Tracey Cheeseman, of Jenford Street, were involved in a protracted battle with the Ministry of Defence to have their son placed on a roll of honour in recognition of his service to his country.

The couple have now joined forces with Nottinghamshire County Council to build a memorial garden in a neglected open space in Ladybrook Lane, and plans have formally been submitted to Mansfield planning officials.

The memorial will be built from cash raised by Lance Corporal Cheeseman’s family and local volunteers, and £30,000 from the county council’s local improvement scheme budget.

Under the proposals the land will be transformed into a tranquil memorial garden with seats, wildlife and pathways, with a stone memorial at its centre in memory of the fallen soldier.

The planning document states: “The family have commissioned the central feature of the memorial - a stone obelisk with a commemorative plaque , and have also raised money from events within the community to provide extra features for the site once the memorial garden has been completed.”

County councillor Diana Meale said: “This is a wonderful and fitting tribute to Lance Corporal Cheeseman and indeed it is a place where people can go to pay their respects to all young men and women who have lost their lives in recent conflicts. .”