Vandals who defaced memorials to two war heroes are being hunted by police
Aberdeen’s Lord Provost blasted the “mindless vandalism” of those who targeted a statue of General Charles George Gordon, famous for his exploits in the Crimean War, China, India and the Sudan.
Graffiti thugs also daubed symbols on a memorial to Merchant Navy skipper Archibald Bisset Smith, who received the Victoria Cross after going down with his ship during the First World War.
Both memorials are believed to have been daubed with black paint overnight on Monday.
Lord Provost George Adam said: “Aberdeen has a proud military history and to see these memorials desecrated by mindless vandalism will shock many people. It has disgusted me.
“Only a few weeks have passed since we marked the centenary of Archibald Smith’s death in World War One. He was awarded the Victoria Cross for his bravery and this stone was laid in his memory. I cannot understand why anyone would do this. It makes me very angry and I hope the perpetrator can be found.”
Aberdeen’s Lord Provost blasted the 'mindless vandalism'
The Lord Provost also called for people to get in touch with Police Scotland if they know anything about who carried out the vandalism in the city centre.
It has disgusted me
Lord Provost George Adam
A police spokeswoman said: “We have received a report of a commemorative plaque being defaced in the Schoolhill area of Aberdeen.
“Officers are liaising with Aberdeen City Council and are making inquiries into the incident.”
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The Open University has enlisted the help of a photograph restoration expert, to 'colourise' some of the unique and interesting photos that were taken during the time. Although the original images were only available in black and white, colour has been added retrospectively to help bring them to life. http://www.openuniversity.edu/news/news/world-war-1-in-colour-photos
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Photos issued by the Open University of a coloured in and the original picture showing a group of soldiers advance from a trench, over a protective sandbag wall (circa 1915). To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of war, The Open University has enlisted the help of a photograph restoration expert, to 'colourise' some of the unique and interesting photos that were taken during the time. Although the original images were only available in black and white, colour has been added retrospectively to help bring them to life
General Charles George Gordon was famous for his exploits in the Crimean War, China and India
Captain Smith, from Cults, was posthumously awarded Britain’s highest award for heroism for his conspicuous gallantry as the commander of an armed merchant ship in battle with a German warship in the mid-Atlantic in March 1917.
He was sailing from London to New York, when his ship, the SS Otaki, was attacked by the German raider Moewe.
Although armed with only a small 4.7-inch gun, the Otaki returned fire. She was badly damaged and lost four crew before Smith gave the order to abandon ship, going down with the Otaki.