What happened on Artillery Place in Woolwich on May 22 2013 was unique in British military history. Many British soldiers have died in battle. Many have been killed by terrorists.
But only one has been deliberately knocked unconscious by a car and then, in the phrase of the trial judge, “butchered” in the London suburbs in the middle of the Wednesday lunch-hour, as the perpetrators gloried in what they had done.
Now on the first anniversary of his death campaigners for a public memorial for Lee Rigby are renewing their efforts, in the face of curious resistance from the local political establishment.
Lee Rigby Memorial campaigner Lorna Taylor feels particularly strongly about the cause – her son served with Lee Rigby in Afghanistan and used to walk with him to the barracks.
“I initially messaged Lyn Rigby and asked her if I could do a memorial group and she was 100 per cent behind me and always has been.
“Everyone felt that that could’ve so easily been my child, or anyone’s child, he was in civilian clothes and it was just unthinkable that that could actually happen on our streets and be so public.
Lorna Taylor knows Lyn Rigby and was present in March when she and other members of the dead soldier’s family went to lay flowers at a memorial plaque erected by Charlton Football Club at its ground three miles to the west, the only place anywhere in the area where a member of the public can do that these days. “It was heartbreaking to see her,” she says. “The [family] want something. They need something. I really think it would help.”