Plaque stolen from John Cornwell Cottages, Hornchurchplaque
Posted 23 March 2011 - 07:49 PM
A Hornchurch RBL member, RM veteran and resident at Cornwell Cottages advised that the plaque was stolen a couple of days ago.
John Cornwell, I am sure many here will know, was a WW1 Boy sailor who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross for his actions at the Battle of Jutland. The cottages were built in Hornchurch as a national memorial to the boy sailor.
This incident, along with several similar ones posted on this forum fills me with with shame for what this country is coming to.
It is perhaps fitting however that this forum and it's members, through the 'mystery plaque' thread, has undertaken a huge effort to return a memorial plaque found in Hornchurch to it's original home in Tottenham.
I wonder if Cornwell's plaque will ever be found?
Pictures of the cottages and plaque before the theft.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 08:08 PM
Words really fail me.
Posted 23 March 2011 - 11:27 PM
I will go past there tomorrow and take a photo for a disgusting 'then and now' to go with the photo of the stolen plaque.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 02:07 PM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 03:05 PM
Posted 24 March 2011 - 11:23 PM
I hope if it is taken to a scrap merchant he would have the guts to refuse it.
And if it was taken as some sort of momento perhaps that makes it even worse - someone who appreciates what it stands for stole it.
Either way thoroughly I'm peed off.
Posted 24 March 2011 - 11:35 PM
Disclaimer: Don't take anything I say seriously.
Posted 26 March 2011 - 08:18 AM
The Ballad of Jack Cornwell
by Charles Causley.
The WW2 Commonwealth Casualty Search Engine:
"Well, the most important thing that was new was the idea of URI -- or URL. The idea that any piece of information anywhere should have an identifier, which will not only identify it, but allow you to get hold of it. That idea was the basic clue to the universality of the Web. That was the only thing I insisted upon." Tim Berners-Lee.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 02:58 PM
Posted 13 May 2011 - 05:47 PM
Pete Keane with an 'a'.
Posted 13 May 2011 - 08:06 PM
The scrap metal value of a memorial plaque is still not going to be that high. Last year, for another WW2 forum, I wrote about the dedication of a WW2 memorial plaque near where I live. Within a matter of weeks I was informed by a relative who had went to look at this memorial it had 'disappeared' (i.e. stolen).
When I asked the person who had made the arrangements to get the memorial installed in the first instance what had happened, he told me it had been stolen. Eventually, he told me the memorial had turned up at a scrap metal merchant's about an hour's drive away. It was re-installed with some improved measures to prevent a further theft. I was asked not to write in detail about what had happened. This is why I have only given a brief outline as to what happened.
It really is sickening what some people will do for a few pounds. Stealing a war memorial is disrespectful to the memory of those it commemorates. In fact, it is really like the desecration of a grave.
If anyone is ever caught for stealing the Jack Cornwall VC memorial how severe would their sentence be? Would they be made to pay the full cost for the restoration of the memorial? One wonders ............. ?
Posted 13 May 2011 - 09:54 PM
Grand Father Cyril George Pickford Private Royal Engineers
Great Grand Father George Pickford Private Royal Engineers
Great Uncle Harold Pickford Private Royal Army Service Corp
Grand Father Thomas Finney Seaman HMS Ramillies
Wifes Great Grandfather Major Charles Spurling
Posted 14 May 2011 - 10:23 AM
In remembrance of my father Sgt S. Clare R.A.F Missing from operations 13th August 1942. Never Known, Forever Loved.
Posted 15 May 2011 - 10:57 PM
Of course if I hear any thing I will post here.
Posted 23 June 2011 - 12:33 AM
I have heard that an organisation of Hornchurch businnesses, having heard about the theft, have arranged for some maintenance works and a replacement plaque.
As I understand it the metal railings have been stripped and repainted and I will advise when there is more news about the new plaque.
There are still some worthy people around
Posted 01 July 2011 - 03:49 PM
A new plaque has now been fitted (thanks to some generous Hornchurch businesses) but for some reason the reference to the VC has been omitted!
There is talk that the new plaque will be re-made with the reference to the decoration added.
Compare the new plaque below to the original in earlier post.
Posted 02 July 2011 - 01:41 PM
Posted 02 July 2011 - 06:27 PM
I'm really sickened by this. And to think some toerag would steal a memorial to such a young VC is so lamentable - I hope he rots in hell.
And so say all of us.
Posted 03 July 2011 - 01:21 AM
Any more progress and I will keep the forum updated.
Whilst I of course share the universal condemnation of the thieves I am heartened by the actions of those who have contributed to the replacement of the plaque, even if there is a slight error, and the proposed intention to correct it.
There are still some honourable people about!
Posted 03 July 2011 - 06:54 AM
I firmly believe that these crimes will continue until those who uphold the law in this country pass sentences that reflect the horror that is felt by all right minded people when memorials to the fallen are desecrated in this manner.
If I am not for myself, then who will be for me?
And if I am only for myself, what am I?
And if not now, when?
Rabbi Hillel circa 30 BCE
I was "called-up", as a 19 year old, on the 1st of Oct 1942 and was one of 5 serving brothers, one of whom, Jack, was in RAF Bomber Command and was killed on March 16th 1945.
I served as a Driver/Op (Wireless Operator) with the 49th Light Anti Aircraft Rgt. (78 Div) from Apr 1943 to Dec 1944 (North Africa, Sicily, Italy, Egypt). The Regiment was disbanded in Dec 1944 and I was retrained (in Italy) by the Royal Armoured Corps.
Finally, I served as Loader/Op with the 4th Queen's Own Hussars (6th Armd.,78th & 56 Div) from Mar 1945 to Dec 1946 (Italy, Austria, Germany) finishing up as Tech Cpl. for "A" Sqdrn. I was "De-mobbed" in Apr 1947
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