Wartime Belgian pilot Eugene Seghers gave his life to save Uckfield from destruction in World War 2.
Now townspeople are being asked to give to ensure he finally has a lasting and fitting memorial to his heroic action.
Already the Royal Air Forces Association has given £500 towards the cost of the memorial stone and a further £500 has come from an anonymous donor within hours of the appeal being launched.
Framfield Road resident Duncan Bennett has been working to get a memorial for Flt Lt Seghers, who lost his life when a V1 Doodlebug blew up over Ridgewood as he was trying to prevent it diving on to Uckfield with the almost certain loss of life and huge destruction.
Mr Bennett has been given substantial assistance by a number of local people and companies which have volunteered help free of charge.
Now he needs a cash injection from residents to see his work come to fruition.
He aims to have the memorial completed and ready to be unveiled on the 70th anniversary of Flt Lt Segher’s death – July 26 this year.
Mr Bennett believes he needs between £1,300 to £2,300 to see the job completed.
Writing on the Face book page, Memorial to Pilot Officer* Eugene Seghers DFC, Mr Bennett said: “If you know of any business or individual who would like to make a contribution in return for an acknowledgement for participation in this worthy event, please let me know ASAP.
“Similarly, if you can think of any fundraising ideas that you individually (or we collectively) can participate in, let me know.”
You can make donations by sending donations to:
Richard Green Funeral Service,125 High Street, Uckfield,East Sussex,TN22 1RN. Cheques should be made payable to Richard Green Funeral Service. On the back should be written: Memorial to Flt Lt Eugene Seghers DFC.
You can also use the following banking details:
Richard Green Funeral Service
Account Number: 64245926
Sort Code 60-13-09
Reference “Memorial To Flt Lt Eugene Seghers”
*The story of Flt Lt Seghers’ sacrifice was lost in the “fog of war” – even to the extent there were doubts as to what his RAF rank was. This has recently been become clear – Flt Lt; although at one time he was an acting squadron leader.
You can read more on UckfieldNews.com about Flt Lt Seghers, the incident which claimed his life, Mr Bennett’s campaign to ensure a memorial properly recognises his bravery and the help already given to the campaign by local people and firms.
If you need to contact Mr Bennett, you can email Paul@UckfieldNews.com