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Vandals target heroes’ cemetery

Swindon Advertiser: A broken sign targeted by vandals at the weekend A broken sign targeted by vandals at the weekend

VANDALISM of a sign commemorating the Commonwealth War Graves at Radnor Street Cemetery has been described as disgusting and disrespectful by Swindon’s Royal British Legion.

Part of the sign on the Deacon Street entrance to the cemetery was broken off overnight at the weekend.

It was one of three put on the cemetery’s entrances, by the Commonwealth War Commission (CWGC), just last month to acknowledge 3,000 sites across the country which have graves of those who have died in conflict.

The cemetery, in Kingshill, has 104 Commonwealth War Graves and the commission felt putting up the signs was a fitting way to mark the First World War centenary which is later this year.

Alan Baker, Swindon Royal British Legion chairman, said: “I think it is absolutely disgusting that someone could do this and the vandalism is an insult to the heritage which those people fought for.

“This is unbelievably disrespectful and I hope those responsible are caught.”

The damage has been reported to the CWGC although it isn’t known whether a new sign will replace the damaged one.

Mark Sutton, a member of the Swindon in the Great War group, who are overseeing the town’s First World War centenary commemorations, believes this incident will tarnish Swindon’s image.

Mark, who is a military historian and an author, said: “This has really saddened me.

“I think it is very distressing to think that people would do that to the sign and what it represents.

“I don’t know whether it is an attack on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission or just mindless vandalism but either way it is just not acceptable.

“It may have only been done by one thug but this kind of thing gives the whole of Swindon a bad name as it shows a complete lack of respect.”

Mark said that the cemetery is intended to be a focal point for Swindon’s commemorations and is ashamed of what has happened.

“The cemetery hasn’t looked as good as this for many years but things like this ruin it,” he said.

“I’m supposed to be giving a guided walk through the cemetery on Thursday telling stories about some of the servicemen whose graves are in there. To have to walk past that damaged sign will be embarrassing.”

 

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7:11am Mon 19 May 14

Tramadolt says...

What a fine example of the disproportionately large amount of feckless walking moral voids this bland town has created. For the ignorami wandering around, talking in their ridiculous faux London street patois about 'respect' and pretending that they and their pathetic gangs of spliff toking losers are in some kind of 'war' with each other just piles on the irony. Acts like this disrespect the entire community and their own families, parents and grandparents. In turn their parents and grandparents should hang their heads in shame that its their progeny which reflect their inability to educate or instil a sense of honour in their offspring.
What a fine example of the disproportionately large amount of feckless walking moral voids this bland town has created. For the ignorami wandering around, talking in their ridiculous faux London street patois about 'respect' and pretending that they and their pathetic gangs of spliff toking losers are in some kind of 'war' with each other just piles on the irony. Acts like this disrespect the entire community and their own families, parents and grandparents. In turn their parents and grandparents should hang their heads in shame that its their progeny which reflect their inability to educate or instil a sense of honour in their offspring. Tramadolt
  • Score: 35

9:32am Mon 19 May 14

Davey Gravey says...

I doubt people who smoke spliffs are responsible. Either drunks, kids, or anti British extremists.
I doubt people who smoke spliffs are responsible. Either drunks, kids, or anti British extremists. Davey Gravey
  • Score: 0

11:13am Mon 19 May 14

beach1e says...

"there isnt enough for people to do so thats why they do this" that will be the cry from do gooders and yoof agencies . forget morals, forget respect ,forget being brought up properly....that will be the disgusting excuse for why these idiots did what they did. This country has a terrible problem with people having no respect for others and its not going to get any better whilst we have people who have no regard for what their offspring do, they always blame everyone else.
"there isnt enough for people to do so thats why they do this" that will be the cry from do gooders and yoof agencies . forget morals, forget respect ,forget being brought up properly....that will be the disgusting excuse for why these idiots did what they did. This country has a terrible problem with people having no respect for others and its not going to get any better whilst we have people who have no regard for what their offspring do, they always blame everyone else. beach1e
  • Score: 11

1:20pm Mon 19 May 14

MartinInSwindon says...

Correction to this story, the CWGC erected 4 signs (not 3) one at each entrace and 2 have been vandalised (not 1). The sign at the Kent Road entrance has been damaged in the same way.
Correction to this story, the CWGC erected 4 signs (not 3) one at each entrace and 2 have been vandalised (not 1). The sign at the Kent Road entrance has been damaged in the same way. MartinInSwindon
  • Score: 4

2:01pm Mon 19 May 14

spencer76 says...

Its just a sign !
I could understand the uproar is the graves had been damaged but its a modern plastic sign ! Obviously a slow news day - I am just disappointed that the picture doesn’t include a miserable person pulling the typical Adver sad face pointing at the damage
Its just a sign ! I could understand the uproar is the graves had been damaged but its a modern plastic sign ! Obviously a slow news day - I am just disappointed that the picture doesn’t include a miserable person pulling the typical Adver sad face pointing at the damage spencer76
  • Score: -13

2:06pm Mon 19 May 14

Swindonite69 says...

All vandalism ruins the way in which we see Swindon, our youth too so the actions of mindless and pathetic monkeys in a an insult to the town, the liberty they were given from birth and the law. We need tougher laws against vandalism especially the youths. Get their parents to pay for the repairs and damage, lock the kid up in a real prison until they pay and when he/she gets out get them to clean it up and then clean up all the other areas aound their location until it's clean. We also need to improve the facilities for the young as boredom is a big factor, but any kind of youth club or events get abused by a minoriy so it's not easy....for anyone. We could always cut their hands of, as I never see any vandalism i the middle east.
All vandalism ruins the way in which we see Swindon, our youth too so the actions of mindless and pathetic monkeys in a an insult to the town, the liberty they were given from birth and the law. We need tougher laws against vandalism especially the youths. Get their parents to pay for the repairs and damage, lock the kid up in a real prison until they pay and when he/she gets out get them to clean it up and then clean up all the other areas aound their location until it's clean. We also need to improve the facilities for the young as boredom is a big factor, but any kind of youth club or events get abused by a minoriy so it's not easy....for anyone. We could always cut their hands of, as I never see any vandalism i the middle east. Swindonite69
  • Score: 2

3:12pm Mon 19 May 14

MartinInSwindon says...

spencer76 wrote:
Its just a sign ! I could understand the uproar is the graves had been damaged but its a modern plastic sign ! Obviously a slow news day - I am just disappointed that the picture doesn’t include a miserable person pulling the typical Adver sad face pointing at the damage
The signs draw attention to the historic importance of the site and therefore raise awareness of it and peoples appreciation of it. It’s only by ensuring that the physical remains of our past are value that we can ensure they are cared for. So it may be 'just a sign' but the signs play their role in ensuring the understanding and appreciation of the historic environment. Then there is the issue of cost, the signs were provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, like all publicly funded organisations they have limited resources and replacing them so soon after they were put up is a drain on their resources.
[quote][p][bold]spencer76[/bold] wrote: Its just a sign ! I could understand the uproar is the graves had been damaged but its a modern plastic sign ! Obviously a slow news day - I am just disappointed that the picture doesn’t include a miserable person pulling the typical Adver sad face pointing at the damage[/p][/quote]The signs draw attention to the historic importance of the site and therefore raise awareness of it and peoples appreciation of it. It’s only by ensuring that the physical remains of our past are value that we can ensure they are cared for. So it may be 'just a sign' but the signs play their role in ensuring the understanding and appreciation of the historic environment. Then there is the issue of cost, the signs were provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, like all publicly funded organisations they have limited resources and replacing them so soon after they were put up is a drain on their resources. MartinInSwindon
  • Score: 3

5:21pm Mon 19 May 14

Tomdog says...

Its just a sign !
I could understand the uproar is the graves had been damaged but its a modern plastic sign ! Obviously a slow news day - I am just disappointed that the picture doesn’t include a miserable person pulling the typical Adver sad face pointing at the damage.

They give there today so we could live today its not a sign its an act of remembrance which leads the way.
Its just a sign ! I could understand the uproar is the graves had been damaged but its a modern plastic sign ! Obviously a slow news day - I am just disappointed that the picture doesn’t include a miserable person pulling the typical Adver sad face pointing at the damage. They give there today so we could live today its not a sign its an act of remembrance which leads the way. Tomdog
  • Score: 1

9:36pm Mon 19 May 14

house on the hill says...

beach1e wrote:
"there isnt enough for people to do so thats why they do this" that will be the cry from do gooders and yoof agencies . forget morals, forget respect ,forget being brought up properly....that will be the disgusting excuse for why these idiots did what they did. This country has a terrible problem with people having no respect for others and its not going to get any better whilst we have people who have no regard for what their offspring do, they always blame everyone else.
And in a lot of cases the parents are worse than their moronic offspring, there is definitely a case for stopping some from breeding!
[quote][p][bold]beach1e[/bold] wrote: "there isnt enough for people to do so thats why they do this" that will be the cry from do gooders and yoof agencies . forget morals, forget respect ,forget being brought up properly....that will be the disgusting excuse for why these idiots did what they did. This country has a terrible problem with people having no respect for others and its not going to get any better whilst we have people who have no regard for what their offspring do, they always blame everyone else.[/p][/quote]And in a lot of cases the parents are worse than their moronic offspring, there is definitely a case for stopping some from breeding! house on the hill
  • Score: 1

3:54pm Tue 20 May 14

MartinInSwindon says...

Pleased to be able to report that the CWGC have already replaced both of the damaged signs.
Pleased to be able to report that the CWGC have already replaced both of the damaged signs. MartinInSwindon
  • Score: 0

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