“It’s intolerable”, thefts from the graves of British soldiers in Finistère

“It’s intolerable”, thefts from the graves of British soldiers in Finistère
“It’s intolerable”, thefts from the graves of British soldiers in Finistère

Thefts were committed from the graves of British soldiers who died during the Second World War in the cemeteries of several towns in Finistère. Le Souvenir français and the inhabitants are shocked by these acts.

There is astonishment and amazement. It’s intolerable” protests Daniel Crouan-Pellé, member of Souvenir Français du Finistère.

He discovered on Friday May 17 that several graves of British soldiers in the Gouesnou cemetery had been stolen.

When I arrived Friday evening, I came to take a look at the graves to see if everything was in order and discovered that several things were missing, including the Christian crosses and the David crosses” he explains, stunned.

A large basin of flowers as well as the French Souvenir plaque were also stolen.

It shocked us because it doesn’t have much value. But these are symbols that have disappeared in memory of these people who left their lives here to free us in 1943.” deplores Marc Privé, deputy general delegate of Souvenir Français du Finistère.

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Christian and David crosses from several British graves have been stolen. As well as commemorative plaques.

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One question remains unanswered. “Who did that ?” asks Daniel Crouan-Pellé. The thefts have not been claimed by anyone and the motivations of the perpetrators remain undetermined. But the phenomenon is intriguing since it affects several municipalities.

Several British burials in the cemeteries of Saint-Renan, Lanildut, Tréflez, Guipavas, Plougastel-Daoulas, Ploudaniel, Brignogan, Le Folgoët and La Forest-Landerneau were affected according to the French Souvenir census.

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An investigation has been opened to find the perpetrators of the damage to British graves in the cemeteries of Finistère.

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At first I thought it was childishness, but I learned that it had also happened in other communities. It must be a concerted action of people who want to prove something. But what, I don’t know” asks Daniel Crouan-Pellé.

A complaint is being filed. An investigation was opened under the authority of the Brest public prosecutor’s office to shed light on this matter.


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