Pompey Pals war memorial defaced with Southampton graffiti

The defaced Pompey Pals memorial
The defaced Pompey Pals memorial
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POMPEY’S First World War memorial has been defaced by vandals who daubed Southampton slogans on it.

The Pompey Pals memorial, which was unveiled outside Fratton Park last month to mark 100 years since the start of the war, was covered in graffiti.

Club chief executive Mark Catlin said: ‘I just think it’s a shame. It’s the actions of one or two mindless idiots.

‘It’s sick, it’s disgusting and let’s hope it’s treated with the severity it deserves.’

Today the plaque was swiftly cleaned, with Bob Beech - the Pompey fan behind the project - thanking Stonerite Memorials for taking on the task.

The plaque commemorates the men of the 14th and 15th battalion of the Hampshire Regiment who gave their lives in the First World War. The Pals were one of the battalions set up across the country which encouraged men to join up with their friends.