East Staffordshire Borough Council are pleased to announce that a lasting tribute will be created for a Burton upon Trent solider.

William Coltman VC died on 29th June 1974 and was buried at St Mark’s Church in Winshill. His grave is maintained by the Victoria Cross Trust.

English: North Staffordshire Regiment cap badge

English: North Staffordshire Regiment cap badge (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After a Council Motion by Councillor Bernard Peters, at Monday night’s Council Meeting, Members unanimously agreed to recognise the outstanding achievements of William Harold Coltman VC and create a lasting tribute to his name by renaming the Blantyre Room at Burton Town Hall to the Coltman VC Room.

Following a suggestion by Councillor Dennis Fletcher the Council will also investigate the feasibility of dedicating part of the land on Vancouver Drive to the creation of a “Peace Wood” in his name.

William Harold Coltman VC of Burton upon Trent served with distinction as a stretcher bearer in the North Staffordshire Regiment and was awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth Forces for his brave efforts in the First World War.

Councillor Bernard Peters, Deputy Leader for Service Commissioning commented: “As an Elected Member for East Staffordshire Borough Council I strongly believe that the efforts of people who fought on behalf of this Country should be recognised.

“It is clear that William Harold Coltman VC made a significant contribution to the efforts of the allied forces during the First World War and so it is only right that the Blantyre Room at the Town Hall should be renamed as the Coltman VC Room and serve as a lasting tribute to him.”