Grazier statue plaque to be restored
The memorial plaque on the statue
commemorating the sacrifice of Tamworth war hero Colin Grazier is
to be removed for restoration.
The three anchors memorial in St Editha’s
Square was last year given a new coat of hard-wearing, long-lasting
paint, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous donor.
Now the plaque, which details the courage of
Able Seaman Colin Grazier, Lt Anthony Fasson and Tommy Brown in
retrieving vital Enigma codebooks from a sinking German U-boat, is
to also undergo restoration.
Tamworth artist Louise Blake will carefully
paint the raised letters on the plaque to highlight them, making
the plaque much easier to read.
The work is likely to take a couple of weeks
to complete and the plaque will be returned to the memorial as soon
as it is finished – in plenty of time for the 70 th
anniversary of Colin Grazier’s heroic actions on October 30.
The memorial was put up in 2002 to honour Able
Seaman Colin Grazier from Two Gates. The 22-year-old sailor was
serving on HMS Petard when in October 1942, he and fellow seaman Lt
Anthony Fasson died retrieving vital German codebooks from a
sinking U-boat in the Mediterranean. The third sailor, Tommy
Brown, survived the war, only to die in a house fire while
still a teenager.
It was the precious documents they seized
which enabled Bletchley Park’s code breakers to crack the Enigma
codes and so win the Battle of the Atlantic. It is believed that
the bravery of the three men – each commemorated with an anchor on
the statue - helped shorten the Second World War by two years. Both
Colin Grazier and Anthony Fasson were posthumously awarded the
The plaque will be removed from the memorial
at the end of this month.