I stopped to take a picture of the war memorial while I was in Hardwick village (part of the Clumber Estate) yesterday.
There was something different about it but I couldn’t quite place it until I had a closer look.
As you can see from the close up – the bronze plaques are missing. According to the various newspaper stories the “engraved brass” plaques have been stolen. They were actually cast bronze, which is completely different, but I won’t waste my time discussing that. Like the teeth of hens and the droppings of rocking horses, the accuracy of journalists is very rare.
I’m not sure I want to live in a society where people deface graves and steal memorials for scrap metal. I had a wide choice of examples to use there – I selected Michael Foot’s grave as being suitably neutral. I could have chosen stories on Jewish graves or Muslim graves being attacked in the UK, or British war graves being attacked in Libya. It’s a depressing world.
Fortunately, the names are preserved for posterity, so at least the sacrifice will not be forgotten.
It’s tempting to hold forth on respect, education, crime, punishment and the decay of civilisation. However, whatever I say won’t alter the situation, even if I had anything useful to say.
Really I just wanted to write something as a (mild) protest at this sort of thing.
Sadly there’s not much else I can do.