Damage and theft

Army engineers are helping to replace a footbridge in Dunblane that is the only direct access to the town’s war memorial.

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Access to war memorials can sometimes become difficult.  The most common problems relate to memorials that are in the centre of busy roads.  When they were erected, after the First World War, trafffic was much lighter and access was not a problem. 

Another consequence of the increase in traffic, is the risk of damage to the memorial.  It is not unheard of for memorials to be damaged by collisions with traffic, sometimes more than once!  A memorial obelisk in Ropsley was even destroyed by a milk float.

The floods over the summer have caused serious damage to the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.  Over 1000 trees have died after being submersed in flood waters and will now need to be replaced.

Flood damage has also delayed work on the new Armed Forces Memorial which will now not be completely finished for its opening by Her Majesty The Queen on 12 October.

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Highlighting the increasinging problem of the theft of metal objects, in the last couple of months thieves have struck crematoriums in Oxford, and Kent three times, stealing 970 personal bronze memorial plaques plus £50,000 of lead and copper from a church roof in Garsington

While these aren’t war memorials, the losses illustrate how vulnerable and attractive to thieves many war memorial plaques and statues are.  We’ve reported on several thefts in the last few months, the most recent being just 2 days ago.