Road honouring Littlehampton war heroes misspelt on signs

War memorial on Beach Road from which the name was chosen
War memorial on Beach Road from which the name was chosen

The name of a road dedicated to two local men who died during the First World War has been misspelt on road signs.

Battin lane, named after Private Ronald Bernard Battin and Private Reginald John Battin, has been misspelled as ‘Batin Lane’ on two signs, one of which has since been removed, at a housing estate to the west of Benjamin Gray Drive.

Battin lane is misspelt as 'Batin Lane' on the sign for Benjamin Gray Drive

Battin lane is misspelt as 'Batin Lane' on the sign for Benjamin Gray Drive

Derrick Chester, the councillor for Cornfield ward, said: “It’s important if we are commemorating the First World War fallen by naming new roads after them that the spelling is correct.

“I would also like to see a poppy on each street sign named in this way so people are aware of the significance.”

The road is one of several at the estate whose name was chosen at random from the war memorial on Beach Road, which commemorates 238 Littlehampton residents who died or went missing during the First World War.

The naming scheme was decided upon in 2014, a hundred years after the start of the war.

Nigel Lynn, Chief Executive of Arun District Council, said: “The Council has contacted the developers to let them know about the spelling errors.

“We fully understand the importance in relation to grateful remembrance of past heroes and will do all we can to rectify the matter as quickly as possible.”

Private Ronald Bernard Battin, of the Middlesex Regiment, was killed in action on the Somme in 1916, while Private Reginald John Battin, of the Royal Sussex Regiment, was killed in action at the First Battle of Gaza in 1917.

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