Air Forces Memorial To The Missing

WM reference
23270
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Opened : 17th October 1953
Current location

ON THE SPUR OF COOPER'S HILL
Coopers Hill La
Runnymede
Runnymede
Surrey
England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 000 720
Denomination: Undefined

Description

SHRINE WITH CLOISTER EMBRACING TO RECORD THE NAMES. CLOISTERS HAVE CURVED WINGS TERMINATING IN TWO. ENTRANCE IS THROUGH A TRIPLE ARCHED PORTICO GIVING ACCESS TO THE CLOISTER AND GART. ON THE NORTH SIDE IS THE SHRINE, ENTERED THROUGH A SINGLE ARCH WITH THREE STONE FIGURES. LARGE NORTH WINDOW IN THE SHRINE AND TWO SPIRAL STAIRCASES LEADS UP TO A GALLERY WITH WINDOW IN IT. A FURTHER SET OF STAIRS LEAD UP TO THE ROOF TOWER. KEY TO THE SHRINE PRESENTED TO HRH QUEEN ELIZABETH IS PLACED IN A CASE WITHIN THE SHRINE. WHOLE MEMORIAL STANDS IN 2.72 HECTARES OF LAND FIGURES OF JUSTICE, VICTORY AND COURAGE FLANK THE DOOR TO THE SHRINE. SHRINE ROOF IS SURMOUNTE BY AN ASTRAL CROWN OF BLUE AND GOLD

Inscription

NORTH WINDOW: IF I CLIMB UP INTO HEAVEN, THOU ART THERE;/ IF I GO TO HELL, THOU ART THERE ALSO./ IF I TAKE THE WINGS OF THE MORNING/ AND REMAIN IN THE UTTERMOST PARTS OF THE SEA,/ EVEN THERE SHALL THY HAND LEAD ME;/ AND THY RIGHT HAND SHALL HOLD ME. GALLERY WINDOW: THE FIRST RAYS OF THE DAWNING SUN/ SHALL TOUCH ITS PILLARS,/ AND AS THE DAY ADVANCES/ AND THE LIGHT GROWS STRONGER,/ YOU SHALL READ THE NAMES/ ENGRAVED ON THE STONE/ OF THOSE WHO SAILED ON THE ANGRY SKY/ AND SAW HARBOUR NO MORE./ NO GRAVESTONE IN YEW-DARK CHURCHYARD/ SHALL MARK THEIR RESTING PLACE;/ THEIR BONES LIE IN THE FORGOTTEN CORNERS/ OF EARTH AND SEA./ BUT, THAT WE MAY NOT LOSE THEIR MEMORY/ WITH FADING YEARS, THEIR MONUMENT STANDS HERE,/ HERE, WHERE THE TREES TROOP DOWN TO RUNNYMEDE/ MEADOW OF MAGNA CARTA, FIELD OF FREEDOM,/ NEVER SAW YOU SO FITTING A MEMORIAL,/ PROOF THAT THE PRINCIPALS ESTABLISHED HERE/ ARE STILL DEAR TO THE HEARTS OF MEN./ HERE THEY NOW STAND, CONTRASTED AND ALIKE,/ THE FIELD OF FREEDOM'S BIRTH, AND THE MEMORIAL/ TO FREEDOM'S WINNING./ AS THE EVENING COMES,/ AND MISTS, LIKE QUIET GHOSTS, RISE FROM THE RIVER BED,/ AND CLIMB THE HILL TO WANDER THROUGH THE CLOISTERS,/ WE SHALL NOT FORGET THEM. ABOVE THE MIST/ WE SHALL SEE THE MEMORIAL STILL, AND OVER IT/ THE CROWN AND SINGLE STAR. AND WE SHALL PRAY/ AS THE MISTS RISE UP AND THE AIR GROWS DARK/ THAT WE MAY WEAR/ AS BRAVE A HEART AS THEY.

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

None recorded

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 20389
Served and returned: Undefined
Died: 20389
Exact count: yes
Information shown: year died
Order of information: year died

Component

Roof
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Slate - Westmoreland
Listed?: No

Component

Tower
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Opened
Date: 17th October 1953
Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Costs

Site: Free
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: LAND WAS DONATED BY SIR EUGEN AND LADY EFFIE MILLINGTON-DRAKE IN 1949

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Corporate
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

Reference

Intercom AUTUMN 1997 P22 Published:Air Crew Association

Reference

Commonwealth War Graves Commission http://www.cwgc.org/search/cemetery_details.aspx?cemetery=109600&mode=1

Reference

Air Mail JAN-MAR 1997

Reference

Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2008/04/01/90th-anniversary-of-the-royal-air-force/

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

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