Graveyard Vandalism...Again!

"Elsewhere, vandals have smashed 12 military headstones at a cemetery in Wallsend on Tyneside. The Royal British Legion called the attack "heartless" and "disgusting"."- BBC Website, 5th June 2009

Yet another act of vandalism to military headstones. On the last anniversary of VE Day, all people who died during 1930s and 40s headstones were daubbed with Swastikas at a cemetary in the South of England, and a few years ago Worthing War Memorial had the same fate and messages such as "Good Ridance"

It seems that this sort of thing is becoming more and more commonplace, so what needs to be done about it?
Easily prevented in future...

A cohort selected for punishment by decimation was divided into groups of ten; each group drew lots (Sortition), and the soldier on whom the lot fell was executed by his nine comrades, often by stoning or clubbing. The remaining soldiers were given rations of barley instead of wheat and forced to sleep outside of the Roman encampment.

Because the punishment fell by lot, all soldiers in the selected cohort were eligible for execution, regardless of guilt and innocence or rank and distinction.

The leadership was usually executed independent of the 1 in 10 deaths of the rank and file.
Decimation wouldn't work... the scumbags would eagerly turn on each other and learn nothing.
Resurrection of an old thread in a good cause to highlight the vandalism of the grave of Col. Tom Fitzpatrick, Royal Irish Regt, which is located in Surbiton. The destruction took place some time ago (2016) and an unsuccessful fund raising drive was started to repair the grave. I don't know what the situation is currently as regards restoring the grave or fundraising.

Tom Fitzpatrick was a CQMS in 1914 and he led the 2nd Battalion's cooks, drivers and assorted bottlewashers in a counter attack at a crucial stage during the Battle of Mons.

Restoration of World War 1 Hero's Memorial

Reference the grave of Col Fitzpatrick which was vandalised a couple of years ago. I made contact with Col. Fitzpatrick's grandson, Reg Fitzpatrick, who organised the restoration which was delayed due to some legal toing and froing over ownership of the burial plot. It has now been restored and a re-dedication ceremony is planned for 1100 hrs, 22nd October 2018 in Surbiton cemetery,Lower Marsh Lane, Kingston-upon-Thames, Surrey.

The current Royal Irish Regiment intends to send an Officer representative, a Bugler and Piper to do the honours. Reg is also hoping that contingents from the old Royal Irish Regiment Association from Ireland and from the Local Royal British Legion will also be in attendance. As I'm sure they will. Any ARRSE members that will be in the area and who want to attend will be welcome.

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