Restoration appeal for Hastings War Memorial

A campaign has been launched to raise £60,000 to help restore the memorial in Alexandra Park, Hastings (East Sussex). 

Read more from BBC NEWS

The Hastings memorial was unveiled in 1922 and commemorates those from the local borough who lost their lives in several wars. 

It is not unusual to find later conflicts added to First World War memorials  (in this case the Second World War and Korean War) but it is much less common to find First World War memorial retrospectively commemorating earlier wars, as this memorial does with the Boer war.

Several bronze plaques listing the names were stolen in 1990.  Theft of memorials and parts of memorials (particularly bronzes) is not a new problem, but has certainly increased dramatically in recent years, as we reported in May

At Hastings the stolen name plaques were replaced with replicas the following year.

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