Nuneaton Air Cadets have heeded the call from within their local community to join the campaign to replace the town's distinctive war memorial after it was stolen from its plinth in the solemn wake of remembrance weekend.
Thieves slipped in under the cover of darkness and wrenched the town's war memorial from its plinth, just two days after 5,000 people gathered to mark their respect to victims of war.
The memorial, a solid bronze statue, which is 5ft tall and weighs 1.5 tonnes, and has stood in the town for 101 years, depicts an infantryman in the British Army uniform used during the Boer War between 1899 and 1902.
The theft has shaken the town's community and is widely considered to be an insult to the memory of everyone who lost their life because of wars or conflicts.
An appeal to raise funds to replace the Memorial has now been launched by the Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council in conjunction with local newspapers.
On Saturday the 2 nd December the 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron banner was paraded through the town alongside regimental and British Legion banners in support of the efforts of fifty-year-old Tim Roberts who had walked from Birmingham city centre to Nuneaton 's War Memorial in Riversley Park in a sponsored effort in aid of the Memorial appeal.
Tim Roberts said, “I just felt so angry that I had to do something. For someone to steal the memorial only hours after remembrance weekend just defies belief.”
Flt Lt Hincks of 121 ( Nuneaton ) Squadron said, “The theft of this memorial statue has hit the community quite hard, and everyone I have spoken to has nothing but condemnation for those responsible for the theft. It just makes you think how low can people sink. The statue has stood in the town for 101 years and someone just comes along and takes him. As a Squadron we will be doing everything we can to support the Memorial appeal and if necessary we may at some time in the future be calling on other local units within the Warwickshire & Birmingham Wing to show their support”
How Can You Help
If you would like to help to replace this tribute to our war dead, donations can be made at the NatWest Bank to: Nuneaton and Bedworth bronze statue account – 56580770 (sort code) 54 21 13.