Save The Lendy Memorial Lion #SaveLendy

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Save The Lendy Memorial Lion #SaveLendy

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Philip Sivyer started this petition to Spelthorne Borough Council and

We the undersigned petition the Spelthorne Borough Council and Surrey Police for their full assurance that (1) The Lendy Memorial Lion will not be removed, dismantled, or toppled from its current location at Sunbury’s historical Walled Garden (The Walled Garden, Thames Street, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 6AB), (2) the heroic and valiant efforts of Charles Fredrick Lendy Captain R.A and Edward Augustus William Lendy, D.S.O, to which this memorial was erected, will not be marred with a plaque or sign bringing into disrepute their upstanding moral integrity, (3) that the memorial will be protected by the police from the threat of vandals, thugs, and terrorists.

Recently, the anarchist website ‘toppletheracist’ listed The Lendy Memorial Lion as a target for vandalism and toppling. Their reason is that they are ‘both responsible for murdering African tribes with machine gun fire.’ 

We the undersigned believe that to describe the actions of these soldiers as ‘murder’ is incorrect and slanderous. The event referred to on the website relates to an incident where Captain Lendy headed a group of forty men to protect the defenceless Mashona tribe (now modern day Zimbabwe) from the hostilities of King Lobengula, who believed the Mashona to be his slaves. Lobengula’s men were given an hour to withdraw and cease hostilities against Mashona. During their retreat, Lobengula’s men were found pillaging and causing mayhem. In circumstances not entirely clear, the vastly outnumbered BSA Company men opened fire on Lobengula’s men, killing about thirty. 

It is not immediately evident the actions of Captain Lendy can be counted as murder, and given the intent of the mission - to defend a defenceless tribe - should be commended.  

Due to the Lendy’s heroic actions throughout Africa, much, as we have already seen, to the benefit and protection of the native people, they are memorialised in Zimbabwe as well as in Sunbury, their birth place. Many Zimbabwean visitors to Sunbury are pleased and happy to see the memorial.

- The Undersigned.

References:

1. http://www.rhodesiansoldier.com/whos-lendy.html

2. Edward Augustus William Lendy was awarded the DSO by Queen Victoria for, in the words of the citation, 'for services at Foulah Town and its vicinity on the West Coast of Africa, in breaking up a combination of slave dealers and rescuing upwards of 250 slaves.' - The Morning Post from London, Greater London, England, Thursday, August 21, 1890, p. 5; London Gazette, Issue 26026, p. 1044.

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