jay dubaya, on 28 December 2011 - 12:31 AM, said:
Sorry for not getting back sooner fellas...festivities somewhat got in the way!
Thanks for the replies, I did wonder regarding remains being found in later years and them being interred in nearby cemeteries. Are there any examples of names being removed from memorials to the missing because remains have been found and have been identified?
Funny that you should ask this question. I was thinking about creating a new thread on this very subject.
Prior to the CWGC taking over the responsibility for the Thiepval Memorial, I was told a short time ago, that a Committee (no name or title given) were in charge of the Memorial over the past years and that they removed the names of those who were later found, or, should not have been on the Memorial due to administrative errors etc.
When you look closely at the "removals" on the Memorial panels, it appears as though they used a "router" or similar equipment, as the leading and ending horizontal edges of the stone removed, are perfectly round. They were not "chiselled".
Again, if you have a look around the Memorial, you will find some rather "fresh" looking stone panels with blank spots on them. This is because the CWGC is now deleting the names as and when a panel section needs to be replaced. This seems to be a more economical decision rather than going out and getting rid of superfluous names as and when they are discovered.
It is my understanding that whoever was in charge of the Canadian Memorial on Vimy Ridge in the past years were also removing superfluous names, same as at Thiepval, BUT, when the Memorial underwent a major restoration some five or six years ago, I have been told that they put the Memorial back to original. That is, they put all the names back that they had removed. I have seen it mentioned (can't remember where) that the Canadian Government did this because it was a "work of art" and should have been left as it was originally created. So, I understand that the CWGC Charter (see next paragraph) does not appear to apply to this Memorial.
Now, according to the former Director of the Australian War Graves Commission, the panels at VC Corner are to be replaced once the Identification Committee has finished regarding the identities of those remains found at "Pheasant Wood" . This is to remove the names of all those who now have a known burial location ie/ a grave. When I suggested to him that we should not be "fiddling around" with the Memorials that have stood for so many years, he became rather upset with me and told me, in no uncertain terms, that is what the CWGC Charter says, each name in one place only, on a Memorial or on a grave....never in two places. He told me that he had had some long debating sessions with a person (not named here) who is very involved with the discovery of the Mass Grave and the Director does not want to keep having to repeat himself. If you visit the Memorial panels at VC Corner today, you will see that some of the panels are getting hard to read. It needs a visit from a CWGC Re-engraving Team.