LIKE Mr Pollitt, both my father, Tony, and grandfather Joe both served as Army Engineers (REMEs) as have most members of our family, have served over the generations, and it is with great sadness and remembrance of the tales from my families service even down to my great-grandma working in the ammunition factories, that I also share his deep and solemn sentiment.

I, too, was saddened and upset to read about the damage to the memorial for First World War soldiers in Farnworth, given that so many gave their lives for us to live the free lives we have today.

I can’t even begin to think what goes through someone’s mind to damage such a significant emblem of remembrance for our war dead and to disrespect their lives and what they have achieved only by the sacrifices of those who fought and served.

One thing I do know is that it’s 100 years since the ending of that tragic war and with that in mind I’m offering £100 to anyone who can provide the police with information leading to the arrest and conviction of the mindless perpetrator or perpetrators of the damage.

If the reward is not claimed, then I am happy to donate the same to the Royal British Legion.

Lest we forget all those who gave so much in death, in life, in courageous valour and determination which now seemingly gives the opportunity for such mindless individuals to behave with such indifference.

On a positive note, let us bless and support the work of the Royal British Legion and thank you to all in your organisation for providing such service in support of the families and soldiers who have served and are still serving today.

Ian Upton