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War hero killed in Afghanistan will finally be honoured by council after our campaign

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A WAR hero killed in Afghanistan will finally be honoured — after a campaign by The Sun.

Private Jeff Doherty was shot in a Taliban ambush two days before his 20th birthday in 2008.

Southam town council, in Warwickshire, agreed to name a street after him but then ruled it breached policy on permanent memorials.

But our crusade — backed by MPs Hilary Benn and Tobias Ellwood — helped force a U-turn.

His mum Joyce said: “I promised JJ I’d never let him be forgotten. The Sun stood up for us. It wouldn’t have happened without your support.”

She added: “JJ knew the risks but wanted to fight for Queen and country.

"This is the recognition he deserves.”

Brother Fin, six when JJ died, is now in 2 Para, like his sibling.

In February, he won the Inspiration award at the Millies, our star-studded tribute night to the nation's military heroes.

In a letter to the family the council said: "At the town council meeting on June 25 the working party put forward the new Street Naming Policy and the town council resolved to adopt it, effective from September 1.

"Should you still wish to have a street named after your late son, Private Jeff Doherty, the town council would welcome an application from you."

Pte Fin Doherty wins ‘Inspiring Others’ at The Millies after following in the footsteps of Parachute Regiment brother killed in action in Afghanistan

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