Legion appeals over missing memorial plaques
PUBLISHED: 09:49 12 November 2010 | UPDATED: 10:14 12 November 2010
MEMBERS of the Weston British Legion are appealing for information on two memorial plaques which went missing two years ago.
The two copper plaques in Grove Park were originally put up as part of a memorial to Westonians who fell in the First and Second World Wars, and later conflicts.
But after vandals ripped them down, legion chiefs have appealed for information on the details of those commemorated on the plaques so they can be replaced.
It is thought the plaques, one of which commemorated servicemen lost in the first World War, the other the Second World War and later conflicts up to the Iraq war, were stolen to be melted down into scrap metal by the thieves.
Since there is no documentation of the names of the fallen soldiers, both legion members and the company charged with restoring the plaque are seeking information on those whose names were recorded on the plaque.
Mike Pharoah, 65, chairman of the Legion’s Weston branch said: “All we’re after is information on the names listed on the plaques.
“I’ve been all over the place looking for the information, the War Memorial Trust and museums down in London but I haven’t found anything. The next place I’m going to check is in local churches”
Mr Pharoah, who served in the Royal Army Service Corps and the Royal Transport Corps, said: “I would like anyone with any information at all about what was originally on the plaques just to give me some sort of idea of what was on them. Old photographs or anything, any information would be good.”
Anyone with any information regarding the information on the plaques can contact Mr Pharoah on 01934 627512 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Filer, whose Stylish Plaques and Memorials company has been charged with restoring and cleaning the plaques, said: “If anyone has any photos or records of the memorial when it was first erected, can they please contact the civic officer at Weston Town Council on 01934 632567.”
A spokesman for North Somerset Council, who are responsible for the monument’s upkeep, said: “The damage to the memorial is another demonstration of mindless vandalism that causes upset to many people.
“We would urge anyone who knows who is responsible for the vandalism to contact police or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”