Wednesday 19 May 2021

Darton, Yorkshire Regiment Association, Matthew Thornton Bench


Photo taken 8 March 2019 by Nigel Croft

Private Matthew Thornton, aged 28 years, was killed in a bomb blast in Afghanistan on 9 November 2011. He was buried at Darton later in the month.

BBC article about his funeral

This bench is located on Huddersfield Road, Darton, near to the Darton Family Centre. When we last visited the hedge was higher and we had difficulty finding the right place.

The bench was installed in 2017. There is an article from the Barnsley Chronicle on 12 November 2017 online which describes the Yorkshire Regiment Association's bench project and the dedication of this, their first bench.

The inscription reads:

Barnsley Branch
The Yorkshire Regiment Association
[Badges and a photo of Matthew]
Pte Matthew Adam Thornton
25204156 03/11/83 - 09/11/11


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