Hero soldier awarded Military Cross to have street in his home town named after him

The Military Cross was awarded to Stephen Shaw after he risked his life to save that of a colleague in Afghanistan, and now his home town’s main street will be named after him

Article from Manchester Evening News:

A hero soldier is to have the main street in his home town named after him.

Lance Corporal Stephen Shaw, 24, was awarded the Military Cross after risking his life to save that of a colleague in Afghanistan.

Now town chiefs in Heywood are planning to rename part of Church Street in his honour.

Part of the road, which runs through the town centre, would instead become L/Cpl Stephen Shaw MC Way.

The family of LC Shaw said they it was a fantastic honour.

The dad-of-one, a former St Joseph’s High School pupil, stays with his family in the town when not on active duty.

Mum Carolyn, 48, said: “It is brilliant. Stephen does not know what all the fuss is about. At the end of the day it is just his job, but really this is massive.

“It is such an honour. Stephen is Heywood born and bred. It is for everyone in the town as well.”

LC Shaw, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, was given the Military Cross – the third highest honour that can be bestowed – after pulling a fellow soldier to safety after he had been shot in the leg last July.

Harry Mills, chairman of the Lancashire Veterans’ Association, said: “The medal Stephen has been given is a huge honour and everyone at the Veterans Association are so proud of him.”

Councillors plan to present a report proposing the name change for the street at the next full council meeting in April.

Coun Alan McCarthy, chairman of Heywood Township, said: “Something like this has never been done before, but this seems like an appropriate way for the whole of Heywood to recognise Stephen’s bravery and the pride we have in him.”

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