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Man charged in theft of bronze war memorial


UPDATE (March 3) — Shortly after it had been stolen, the the First World War memorial from Ridgeway Public School showed up at a local recycling operation.

The 120-pound bronze plaque had been taken from the “Memorial Rock” at the front of the school on the Family Day weekend, sawn into three pieces and taken to Attar Metals in Fort Erie who refused to purchase it and notified the Town.

“They said they had found it on the Friendship Trail,” said Milton Braun of the two males — one of whom had been a customer before. “I said, well it’s obvious it doesn’t belong to you.”

The plaque was left at the recycler.

James Fidler, 37, of Fort Erie was charged March 3 with possession of property obtained by crime under $5000. He was released on a promise to appear order with a future court date.

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Principal Sherry Storrey-Perchaluk said the discovery was made first thing Tuesday morning when the caretaker made his rounds.

She doesn’t know yet what will happen next. Braun has offered to repair the three-foot wide plaque, she said, but it will still show damage.

Braun said the value of the metal, primarily copper mixed with some tin, is around $2 per pound.

Storrey-Perchaluk said the NRP officer investigating the matter was expected to update her this week.

The plaque reads:

Honour and grateful tribute to our boys who gave their lives in The Great War 1914-18

Alfred W. Tidmarsh, Ernest Baker, John B. Halavin, Melvin B. McKay, Harry Shisler, Leonard Porter, Herbert D. Whalen, John Bright, Oscar A. Noyes, Lloyd Elsey, Joseph Harry Near, Walter H. Derrick

To you from failing hands we throw the torch; be yours to hold it high. If ye break faith with us who die, we shall not sleep though poppies blow in Flanders fields.

By the citizens of the Township of Bertie and their friends from the United States.

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  1. doris Emerson | Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    To some, nothing is sacred.

  2. Patty Mountain | Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    Sure hope it is repaired.

  3. Leigh | Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    My grandfather’s name is on a similar plaque in Port Colborne for his role in the Second World War of which, our family is quite proud. Such desecration for such petty and short sighted reasons is intolerable. I hope that those involved who can be proven guilty are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

  4. Derrick | Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    We have just been looking into getting a new one. If it could be repaired it would be great

  5. James VDG | Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    Friggin scum. Hang these goofs from a tree.

  6. E Fenn | Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    Sad! Perhaps this will help to call attention to some public monuments that are over looked or neglected.

  7. Bruce | Feb 26, 2015 | Reply

    As despicable an act as it was to steal this plaque, perhaps they figured that since nobody seems to care about the beautiful historic building behind the plaque (which is scheduled for demolition like every other historical site in Ridgeway), who would miss the plaque too? Unconscionable.

  8. A. | Mar 3, 2015 | Reply

    It should be repaired/restored, so that it is still the original item….and the lowlifes that caused the damage should be made to pay for it, both out-of-pocket and with a criminal record.

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