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Incorrect Spelling on Memorial Plaque


Terry

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I have just received a lovely collection of medals, photos,badges, stickpins,ephemera,etc. to 447795 Pte.P.C.Ladds, 49th Bn,CEF, Killed in Action Courcelette 15/16 Sept., 1916. Included is the memorial plaque in beautiful condition.

According to the CWGC site, his name was PHILIP COLYER LADDS. Indeed he is the only P.C.Ladds on the site. However the plaque is named PHILYS COLYER LADDS. Can any of our plaque experts out there give me any idea as to how common mistakes of this type were made?

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Are you sure CWGC isn't wrong?

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I would think that even the cruelest parents would not name a male child Phylis.

Andy

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Terry,

If the name doesn't suit, I'll take the group off you at cost. :)

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I have had a look at the fellow's attestation papers, and his (written) signature is such that the last two letters of his first name Philip look very much like "ys" rather than "ip". It seems that an honest mistake was made somewhere. Some clerk may have been in a rush, so we have Philys instead of Philip.

Derek, I think I will force myself to hang on to the group (chuckle,chuckle)!!

Cheers,

Terry

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