Raf Memorial

Our reference
11560
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 16 July 1923

Current location

Victoria Embankment,Charing Cross,City Of Westminster,Greater London,SW1,England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 300 800
Denomination: Unknown

Description

STONE COLUMN SURMOUNTED BY A LARGE GLOBE ON WHICH STANDS A GILT EAGLE FACING TOWARDS THE THAMES, WINGS UPSTRETCHED

Inscription

IN MEMORY OF ALL RANKS OF THE ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE, ROYAL FLYING CORPS, ROYAL AIR FORCE AND THOSE AIR FORCES FROM EVERY PART OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WINNING VICTORY FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY 1914-18. I BARE YOU ON EAGLES WINGS AND BROUGHT YOU UNTO MYSELF

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: regiment
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Column
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Stone
Listed?: No

Component

Figure
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Gilt
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 16 July 1923
Attended by: HRH Prince of Wales KG

History

2011: refurbished 1946: WW2 inscriptions added.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

Yes
Purpose: The Royal Air Force Memorial Fund was established in October 1919 to commemorate the work of the Flying Services during WW1 by creating an organization which would be of lasting benefit to personnel of the RAF, the WRAF and their dependents. As well as g

Sponsorship

Public
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Reference

LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY by GLEICHEN P 102 Source: Image Library Published:LONGMAN'S, GREEN & CO 1928 LONDON

Reference

Percy Simmonds Photograph Collection

Reference

AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK PP 36-37 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1988 YORK

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

Reference

LONDON STATUES: A GUIDE TO LONDONS OUTDOOR STATUES AND SCULPTURE by BYRON, A P 363 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:CONSTABLE 1981 LONDON

Reference

Local Publication/Booklet Programme of RAF Display, Hendon, 3 July 1926 p.49. Full page advertisement for the Royal Air Force Memorial Fund

Reference

STAND TO! pp53-56/ September 2012 Published:WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION 'Remembering the Great War on the Victoria Embankment, London'

Reference

Royal Air Force News 25 March 2011 p.7 Memorial refurbished at cost of £70,000 financed by the RAF Benevolent Fund

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