Monday, July 03, 2017
HONOURING BRIGG WAR HEROES
Brigg Town Council's latest meeting featured a lengthy discussion about whether further names of local people who lost their lives in the service of their country should be added during forthcoming restoration work to lists of The Fallen already in place on the Monument war memorial.
Sister Ellen Andrews - a nurse killed while serving near the front during the First World War - was the only person mentioned by name during the debate in the Angel Suite.
She came from Wrawby.
The issue was raised by Brigg resident Ken Harrison some time ago and made an agenda item for the council's June meeting last week.
Ken says some of those men whose names already appear on the Brigg memorial did not live in the town but had other connections with it.
In view of that, he thinks the Sister's name should be added.
Coun Ann Eardley spoke in favour of considering others to be honoured on the memorial, saying: "Things get lost in history."
Coun James Truepenny supported looking at things "case by case."
Coun Louise Mikkonen asked whether sufficient space existed at the Monument to add further names.
Deputy Town Clerk Alison Hannath confirmed this was possible.
Coun Rob Waltham said it would be helpful to consult Sir John Nelthorpe School, pupils and staff having carried out detailed research into those from Brigg who served and died during the First World War.
Coun Waltham suggested the council should defer the issue so SJN can be consulted and to give Ken Harrisom time to provide further information if he wishes.
Coun Chris Dyson said he was firmly against the addition of further names.
"Who are we to reopen something done in the 1920s?" he asked.
This was a reference to the list of names drawn up post-war to go on the Monument.
Coun Dyson said "the mind boggles" when considering the amount of work involved in amending things now.
Coun Carl Sherwood suggested the criteria should be: "Born in Brigg."
The council agreed to defer the matter to a future meeting.