Cpl Ian Plank

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Reference WMO/261504


Lake Pier

Lake Drive




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Seat
  • Metal Iron
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • Iraq (2003-2009)
About the memorial: Cpl Plank of the Special Boat Service was killed in Iraq in 2003. A bench was placed here by his family but was removed by marines from the nearby base where the SBS is based as it had deteriorated in its exposed location. Unfortunately they neglected to inform the family or the council who assumed that it had been stolen. The family agreed with the council to provide the replacement, shown in the photographs. When the misunderstanding was realised, the family asked for the original bench to be returned to its original location but the council refused as the original "no longer conformed* to the style of bench now used at this location. The council suggested that the restored original bench should be “retained by the Royal Marines in their barracks as a goodwill gesture”. There the matter rests at the time of writing (December 2018).
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