I’ve often stated on this blog, and elsewhere on this site, that proofreaders don’t just spot spelling mistakes, they save businesses, publishers, writers, journalists and marketers from considerable blushes.
But, sometimes, spelling errors can result in more than just flushed cheeks and a little humiliation or an expensive reprint.
In the case of the Pembury War Memorial in Kent, a lack of due care and attention resulted in heartache and fury when it was discovered that the names of 8 soldiers who had lost their lives in the two world wars had been misspelled.
The names were:
Albert Mc'Queen (should be Albert McQueen)
Albert and Thomas Penticost (should be Pentecost)
Sydney Ratcliffe (should be Sidney Ratcliffe)
John Stedman (should be John Steadman)
Edward Crossley (should be Edmund Crossley)
William Parks (should be William Parkes)
John Philbeam (should be John Pilbeam)
You can read the full story over at the BBC website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-16560970
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