A Monument to the Fallen
With the tragic news of another six serving personnel having last their lives in Afghanistan is reminds everyone again of the real price being paid in fighting to protect the freedoms that we sometimes forget about.
There has been much talk about the support of ex-servicemen and women after they leave the armed services that the community, local authorities and other organisations should be providing.
There has also been talk of a new structure in the Market Square and what type or function it should take, suggestions from an obelisk to a fountain.
Historically the existing War Memorials are monuments to those who were killed in the two major wars of 1914 – 1918 and 1939 -1945.
It is interesting that as you enter the Guildhall there are monuments to servicemen who lost their lives in the Boer War, including a ‘bluejacket’ Royal Navy rating from HMS Powerful who was part of the team who hauled their guns across country to relieve the siege at Ladysmith.
For those who aren’t aware of it this was represented for 100 years at the Royal Tournament by the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition.
I was very proud a couple of years ago to attend a ceremony along with the then Deputy Mayor, Marianne Taylor celebrating those who have fallen since 1945, a moving ceremony at which a book with all of the names was presented to I believe the Royal British Legion.
What was so moving was to see the family members of those who had died altogether in remembrance of this sons and daughters.
All of the records that I have found, and I’m sure there will be very accurate records available indicate that this was a remembrance for 132 servicemen who had strong family links to Northampton and the County starting with Staff Sergeant Thomas Goodwin in 1946.
It is true to say that they are all recorded on the National Monument if killed in action or on active service but I’m not aware of a lasting memorial to them in Northampton.
Here’s a suggestion that may well be able to combine both calls for a new monument in the Market Square and a Monument to the fallen that may well receive the support of the people of Northampton but also business, local authorities and more importantly the excellent charities who already represent and support the armed services.
Why don’t we provide a lasting monument to those servicemen and women from Northamptonshire who have lost their lives in the service of the country since 1945 and if we do the place it should be is in the County Town who have never wavered in their support of the armed services throughout history.