THE family and friends of a Rochdale war hero are calling for a street to be named in his honour in the neighbourhood where he grew up.
MP Simon Danczuk is among those backing a campaign to have a road in Kirkholt named after Conrad Cole, who was just 17 when he was killed during the First Gulf War.
Conrad was the youngest British casualty of the conflict when he lost his life in a “friendly fire” incident in Iraq.
The teenager was one of nine soldiers killed when a US Air Force jet launched an attack on a British armoured patrol on February 26 1991.
As a tribute, campaigners are calling for one of the streets on the new estate being built near Hilltop Drive to be dedicated to the memory of the former Balderstone Technology School pupil.
MP Simon Danczuk has leant his support by lobbying Rochdale Borough Council to name one of the roads after the young soldier.
Mr Danczuk said: “With Armistice day taking place this week, it is the perfect time to launch this campaign to give Conrad Cole the recognition he deserves.
“Rochdale is rightly proud of its long association with the military, and that tradition is exemplified by the story of this brave young man who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country.
“I would like to congratulate Conrad’s family and friends for their efforts to keep his memory alive and I am honoured to support their campaign.”
Conrad’s childhood friend Angie Howarth, 42, said: “He was such a lovely lad and everyone knew him.
“Having a street named after him would be something that would last forever and it would be a wonderful tribute to him in his hometown just around the corner from where he grew up.
“It would mean the world to me and to Conrad's mum Susan who is really behind us on this.”
For more information on the campaign visit “The Conrad Cole Name A Road Appeal” on Facebook.