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Boer War memorial damage revisited

Since my first visit to catch some views of the damage to the vandalised Boer War memorial were made in semi-darkness, I stopped to collect some more in proper daylight, and see the detail.

As far as I’ve noticed, there’s be no further news about those who smashed it, or of plans to restore it.

Vandalised smashed Boer War memorial Kelvingrove Park

Vandalised smashed Boer War memorial Kelvingrove Park

You’ll notice the sculpture is missing a leg, but I couldn’t really take a pic of that.

I mention it as it seems obvious that whoever did this was also trying, but failed, to smash out the forearm of the right arm as well.

Vandalised Boer War memorial

Vandalised Boer War memorial

 

Vandalised Boer War memorial face

Vandalised Boer War memorial face

 

Vandalised Boer War memorial foot

Vandalised Boer War memorial foot

Looking at how ‘slight and unnoticeable’ the damage is, I think we can be fairly sure that whoever was responsible (if found) will say it was an accident, and happened when they tripped and bumped into it, so wasn’t their fault, and they didn’t mean it.

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06/03/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, council, military, photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Scum smash Kelvingrove Park Boer War memorial statue

I don’t have any problem referring to the vandals who smashed the face and broke parts off a memorial sculpture in Kelvingrove Park as ‘scum’.

There are some things that step over a line of acceptable behaviour, even when it’s criminal, and I’d say that includes such a deliberate and extensive defacing of a memorial to those who lost their lives.

Kelvingrove Park Boer War Memorial Smashed

Kelvingrove Park Boer War Memorial Smashed

Erected in 1909, the memorial was paid for by public subscription as a tribute to the officers and men of the Highland Light Infantry who had died while fighting in South Africa.

More than 300,000 British soldiers served in the war, and more than 22,000 lost their lives.

A plaque shows the statue  was raised by “comrades and friends”.

Glasgow City Council is assessing the damage and looking at how it may be repaired.

A spokesman said:

The statue was originally raised by ordinary, local men in tribute to their fallen comrades and is very much part of the story of Glasgow. The roll of honour on the plinth still resonates sharply with families all across the city and they will be aghast at the damage done.

Whoever is responsible has not only defaced a statue, but also put an ugly scar across a much loved public space.
Kelvingrove Park Boer War Memorial Face Smashed

Kelvingrove Park Boer War Memorial Face Smashed

An appeal has been made for any information about those responsible to be given to the police.

Police believe the incident took place around 11.30pm on Tuesday, February 12.

The two suspects are in their late teens and wearing dark clothing.

Military statue in west end park vandalised

Although I was able to drop in for a look and take some pics, it was quite late in the day, and much darker than the pics suggest, hence the quality is not so good.

Kelvingrove Park Boer War Memorial Feet Smashed

Kelvingrove Park Boer War Memorial Feet Smashed

 

17/02/2019 Posted by | Appeal, Civilian, council, military, photography | , , , , , | Leave a comment

   

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