AndyK wrote:Bez wrote:It was more the “the many other cyclists who were killed” that I found tenuous and odd. But anyway, this is a storm in a teacup…
Again this reflects the Meriden Cyclists' Memorial and the associated annual service. The original dedication on the memorial reads, "To the lasting memory of those Cyclists who died in the Great War 1914-1919" (i.e. not just CTC members).
If you read this excellent article - http://www.anfieldbc.co.uk/meriden.pdf - you'll find that the debates going on in this thread were rehearsed 99 years ago! (Obviously the forum ran a lot more slowly in those days and all posts were subject to heavy moderation.)
While I too find the concept of a memorial to followers of a particular pastime a bit odd, well... we weren't there. They saw things differently then and I guess we should respect that - especially on the centenary of the Armistice. I think it's appropriate for Cycleclips to continue that tradition.
The typo does annoy me, though - clearly it should have been "hundreds", not "100".
Again it is a specific that the Organisation wishes to remember THE 100 that were members of the organisation. It is the gross misunderstanding and misinterpretation of that simple fact that is causing the problem
It isn't "Odd" there are thousands and thousands of memorials where even at the time, People were choosing to remember the loss of people who were in a particular group.
Industries, Factories, the Boy's Brigade, The Scouts, Schools, streets, all choose to remember "their" losses.
Take Waterloo Station :
A school in Islington:
A Post Office:
We also have the National Arboretum, which remembers specific groups