Stancliffe aids soldier tribute

Matthew Baon's parents Maureen and Roger.
Matthew Baon's parents Maureen and Roger.

A SOLDIER killed in action has been given a fitting tribute with help from a Matlock stone company.

Major Matthew Bacon, 34, was killed in Iraq in 2005.

Earlier this year Walton-on-Thames army cadet force, sent out an appeal for help to pay for a memorial dedicated to the soldier.

Due to MoD cutbacks the unit did not have a budget to pay for the tribute but Stancliffe Stone, based at Grangemill in Matlock, jumped at the chance to donate the stone column.

This month a ceremony took place to remember Major Bacon and the stone was unveiled at the Walton Army Cadets Headquarters in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey.

A bench was also unveiled at the town’s war memorial,

A spokesman for Walton Army Cadets said: “All in all, the day ran superbly, and we were able to offer a lasting reminder to the parents of Major Bacon, that they can visit whenever they choose.

“Without the support of people like Stancliffe, Major Bacon would just be another forgotten soldier, killed in a war so far away.”

Beverley Hill, of Stancliffe Stone, added: “We were very happy to help.

“We do a lot of work with community projects across the country.”