Plaque unveiled in memory of ‘hero’

Headteacher Craig Baker, Chairman of Governors Malcolm Sterrat, Tony and Sheila Bancroft, Toni Handforth and Paul Bancroft at the unveiling
Headteacher Craig Baker, Chairman of Governors Malcolm Sterrat, Tony and Sheila Bancroft, Toni Handforth and Paul Bancroft at the unveiling

A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at West Craven High School in memory of former pupil L/Cpl Jordan Bancroft.

Entitled “The Making of a Hero”, the plaque is placed in the reception at the school in Kelbrook Road which L/Cpl Bancroft, from Earby, left in 2001.

Alongside two photographs of L/Cpl Bancroft and the Duke of Lancaster Regiment’s cap badge, text charts his career from joining the Army after leaving school, from training and tours of duty in Canada, Cyprus, Germany and Catterick through to active service in Iraq and his death in Afghanistan on August 21st, 2010. It finishes: “Rest in Peace L/Cpl Jordan Dean Bancroft... a true Lion of England.”

L/Cpl Bancroft’s parents Tony and Sheila, his brother Paul and sister Toni Handforth were joined by friends and members of staff at the unveiling.

Tony said: “This is a fitting tribute to a wonderful son and solider.

“Thanks to the young men and women that are brave enough to step up and defend our countries standards and values, it is their courage that makes this country great.”

Headteacher of West Craven High School, Craig Baker, said: “There was a good turnout from family, friends, staff and former staff members to this important commemoration for this brave man, who gave his life serving his country. We are pleased to be able to place a permanent memorial to L/Cpl Bancroft in school in a place that will be visible to both visitors and students.”