Rapid progress in bid to commemorate Uckfield’s forgotten hero

Uckfield’s Second World War forgotten hero, Belgian pilot Eugene Seghers, is much closer to having a memorial in the town.

Flying with the RAF, Seghers lost his life in the summer of 1944 tackling a V1 flying bomb which seemed set to fall on to the town.

The V1 and Segher’s Spitfire, flown from RAF Deanland, were smashed to smithereens and the pilot’s heroism was lost in the fog of war.

Framfield Road resident and former Uckfield deputy mayor, Duncan Bennett, has uncovered the true story in his bid to have a memorial ready in the town to mark the 70th anniversary of his death.

We reported last week (here) on how Mr Bennett had found an appropriate location within the grounds of the Highlands Inn at Ridgewood.

We asked anyone who could help with the project to get in touch and in the week UckfieldNews.com heard from Parker Building Supplies.

Uckfield branch manager Dave Chapman said the company would be happy to donate building materials for the memorial and deliver them to the site. We passed the news straight to Mr Bennett.

He had a number of offers from local tradespeople to build the memorial and has appointed JM Property Projects of East Hoathly.

As previously reported, he had already accepted an offer from a Ridgewood resident to do the drawings.

Rapid progress in the last few weeks means that hopes are now extremely high that the project will be completed on the anniversary of PO Segher’s death on July 26.

Mr Bennett said he was “on the edge” of considering detailed planning for the event.

See also:

Hidden story of Second World War heroism becomes clearer

Doodlebug explodes near Uckfield

Incendiary attack on Uckfield

Uckfield on the front line

More Uckfield history

 

 

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