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War memorial has fake names after error

February 22nd, 2016

The memorial has 350 names inscribed on it - 238 from World War One, 106 from World War Two, two from the Northern Ireland troubles and four from the Falklands War. Initially there were thought to be eleven errors but now it’s feared the true figure could be ten times higher.

The memorial has 350 names inscribed on it – 238 from World War One, 106 from World War Two, two from the Northern Ireland troubles and four from the Falklands War.

There are two lists of the fallen soldiers from the area – one in the library, the other on the main memorial in Priory Park.

Ann Hicks, who runs the Cornwall Family History Society, said “It is hugely disrespectful.

“Residents have been paying their respects to people who in some cases done exist, and not honouring others because they are not listed on the memorial.

“I believe the errors originated when the names were transferred from the library to the main memorial, possibly by dictating them on to a tape recorder, and consequently names were spelled incorrectly and others were left out.”

Chris Wickett’s grandfather Christopher Frederick Ellis was killed in World War Two while fighting in Italy but he is not named on the memorial.

Mr Wickett obtained an official list from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission of casualties with a connection to Bodmin.

He said “I expect the missing names to total more than 100.

“I’m glad the council has agreed to investigate. This has been the case for so many years now, and something needs to be done about it.”

The council admits it will take months to sort out but has promised to ensure all the right names are now added.

It has received an estimate of £3,200 to produce corrected plaques but, before that goes ahead, a working party of councillors has been set up to investigate whether more names are missing.

Mayor Lance Kennedy said “It’s a hugely complicated process which is going to take the working party a considerable time to research, but we must get it right, there is absolutely no question about that.”


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Wiltshire Army town builds war memorial without names of dead ‘for fear of getting spellings wrong’

November 9th, 2015

The town’s mayor, Cllr Chris Franklin, said: “The memorial committee’s decision to omit the names seems to be purely based on it being too much of a risk.

“The war memorial must have the names of those people born and bred in Tidworth who went to war and never came home. The memorial is putting right a glaring omission. It is about our boys who gave their lives in battle.”

“The normal saying is, ‘when you go home tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow we gave our today. The clue there is ‘tell them of us’ – if there’s no names they can’t tell us”

Cllr Chris Franklin

Town councillor Andrew Connelly said: “Put the names of our war heroes on it – they should be remembered by name.

“The people for whom it has been erected will now never be remembered. That defeats the whole purpose of the memorial. I am absolutely furious.”

Daz Stephenson, a member of the committee, said “We’ve done an awful lot of work looking into the names, however there’s a lot of obscurity and we don’t want to get it wrong.

“We would prefer to hand over the memorial next year and leave it up to the town council to do that research and make the decision to put the names on or not.”

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But Cllr Franklin said: “Quite a bit of research has already been done and adding the names later would be a bit of a damp squib.

“We’re coming up to Remembrance and the normal saying is, ‘when you go home tell them of us and say: for your tomorrow we gave our today.

“The clue there is ‘tell them of us’ – if there’s no names they can’t tell us.”


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