Fallen hero Lisa Head was honoured in a moving ceremony in Almondbury today when a housing development was unveiled in her name.

Capt Head, 29, of Huddersfield, was defusing bombs in Afghanistan in April 2011 with the Royal Logistic Corps when she was seriously injured by the third device which exploded.

She was flown back to a hospital in Birmingham but died later of her injuries.

Dedication of Lisa Head Way, Town End, Almondbury.
Dedication of Lisa Head Way, Town End, Almondbury.

Former Kirklees councillor Phil Scott put forward a suggestion that a small luxury development off Town End, Almondbury, should be named Lisa Head Way, to ensure a permanent memorial to her.

Her name has already been added to the war memorial in Almondbury.

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Newly-installed Kirklees Mayor, Clr Jim Dodds, in his first public engagement, told an assembled party of guests including Lisa’s parents and members of the Royal British Legion: “Afghanistan might have become a distant memory to the general public but it will never become a distant memory to her family.

“It’s a great pleasure to see this road being named the Lisa Head Way and that she is being recognised in this way.

“She gave up her life so that we can stay safe.”

Lisa's parents John and Leila Head.
Lisa's parents John and Leila Head.

Bob Mortimer, county president of the Royal British Legion, read the famous words from The Fallen, a poem by Laurence Binyon: “At the going down of the sun and in the morning

“We will remember them”.

Captain Lisa Head

Lisa’s father John Head, a father-of-three, said: “I first heard about this idea on April 28 that something was going to happen in recognition of Lisa.

“I’m proud about it. It’s not just because she was my daughter, it shows respect for all the fallen.

“Since Lisa’s death I have been all over the country at events celebrating her life.

“Her loss doesn’t get any easier and events like this bring back sadness but happiness as well in certain respects.

“But it is good that her name is being recognised and remembered. I am very proud of Lisa.

“She was my eldest daughter. She came from a family who have served their country.

Lisa's parents John and Leila Head with Mayor of Kirklees Clr Jim Dodds and Mayoress Carol Dodds.
Lisa's parents John and Leila Head with Mayor of Kirklees Clr Jim Dodds and Mayoress Carol Dodds.

Mr Head added: “My grandfather, John Jennings served with the Royal Artillery at the Somme in the First World War, my father, Leonard Head, served with the the First Battalion of the Duke of Wellington Regiment and I served as a Corporal with the Dukes for seven years.”

Lisa’s mother Leila added: “I am pleased with the Mayor for getting on with the job and thanks to everyone who had something to do with it. I am chuffed with it.”