This week i have once again contacted Historic England and the War Memorials Trust for approval to alter the inscription that appears to be incorrect. Having spoken to local resident, Megan O’Marr, the resident who first raised this issue with me i have been advised that South Elmsall Town Council, Jon Trickett MP and the Royal British Legion have now joined this campaign on behalf of the resident. In principle, i have already secured an agreement from Wakefield Metropolitan District Council that their planning department will not object to a change to the inscription or listed status of the monument, if done via agreement with Historic England and the War Memorials Trust. I have contacted Jon Trickett MP, South Elmsall Town Council and South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council (as the memorial is also for Moorthorpe residents) and updated them on my own research and where i am at with Historic England and the War Memorials Trust, i have also contacted both bodies again to ask them to consider the changes proposed and to discuss listing the monument. I have copies of my extensive research and the original copies of the minutes of the War Memorial Committee meetings with me, should either South Elmsall Town Council, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council, Jon Trickett MP or the Royal British Legion wish to see them.
In principle, should funds be available, then all we are currently awaiting is a response from Historic England and the War Memorials Trust for confirmation that this can happen. If i get such an agreement prior to South Elmsall Town Council, South Kirkby and Moorthorpe Town Council, Jon Trickett MP or the Royal British Legion getting such an agreement i will of course let Megan and her family know. I will also be pursuing the monument being listed as per the Historic England ‘War Memorials Listing Project’ as found here, as soon as the alteration is made as it is imperative that proper protection is put in place for the conservation of the memorial.