Tower Hamlets Cemetery War Memorial - Southern Grove, London, UK
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This Great War and Second World War memorial is located just inside the Southern Grove entrance to Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park. The memorial has been vandalised on two occasions as reported by the BBC.
Waymark Code: WMPJ53
Location: London, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 09/06/2015
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member lumbricus
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The BBC News website reported the story thus:

Tower Hamlets war memorial targeted a second time.

Vandals have struck at a war memorial in east London for the second time in six months.

The memorial in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park was damaged on Sunday night by thieves attempting to remove a bronze plaque.

Although they left empty-handed, it will still cost thousands of pounds to repair the monument in Tower Hamlets Cemetery Park in Bow.

It follows an incident in August when a plaque was stolen but later returned.

The memorial, which commemorates East Enders who died in both World Wars, has 16 plaques bearing war victims' names.

The Friends of Cemetery Park have confirmed that the incident happened sometime between 0530 GMT on 9 January and 0850 GMT on 10 January.

"We the Friends are shocked and appalled to see the memorial damaged once in again in a short four month period, so soon after its repair in time for remembrance Sunday in November," they said in a statement.

The damage has been reported to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, police and the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

War memorials have become the target for thieves who want metal fixtures for their scrap value.

The park's liaison officer, Ken Greenway, said it would cost several thousand pounds to repair the damage to the plaques and reinstall them.

Tower Hamlets Council has a list of War Memorials within Tower Hamlets with the entry for this memorial telling us:

This large war memorial is close to the main entrance gate and replaces an earlier memorial which was located near the middle of the cemetery.

The memorial commemorates the fallen of both wars and records names and details of 279 men and women on sixteen panels.

The centrepiece includes a cross motif and the following inscription:

1914-1918 1939-1945

The memorial is included in the Imperial War Museum database as entry 60454. The record describes the memorial thus:

Semi-circular wall with names on 16 inset plaques. The centrepiece of the wall is a polished granite block-built section with a gabled pediment and cut through cross feature. The name plaques are arranged either side of the centrepiece. Paved area to front.

It was built in 2009 to replace the former memorial.

Type of publication: Television

When was the article reported?: 01/11/2011

Publication: BBC News

Article Url: [Web Link]

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How widespread was the article reported?: national

News Category: Crime

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