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Women Of World War Two

WM reference
51288
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 09 July 2005
Current location

In the centre of Whitehall between Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence
London
City Of Westminster
Greater London
SW1A 2AS
England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 30154 79954
Denomination: Undefined

Description

Bronze cenotaph, around which hang seventeen uniforms representing the different services performed by women during WW2, including Land Army and canteen ladies overalls, Wren uniform, nursing cape, welders helmet, a police overcoat and others.

Inscription

(East and west faces) THE WOMEN OF WORLD WAR II (South face) This memorial was raised to/ commemorate the vital work done by/ nearly seven million women in/ World War II (North face) Unveiled by/ Her Majesty the Queen/ July 9 2005

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

None recorded

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined

Subject/Period

Second World War - civilians
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined

Component

Cenotaph
Condition: Good
Measurements: height 7000mm
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 09 July 2005
Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

History

Originally planned to be next to statues of WW2 Field Marshals on south side of Whitehall. The statue of Sir Francis Drake was removed to make room and relocated to Greenwich. Museum of London Archaeology Service monitored site of memorial during the excavation.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: £1.3 million
Comments: £1 million was given by Heritage Lottery Fund, the remainder was raised by public subscription.

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Other
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Unknown or N/A

Reference

The Wartime News 15 / February 2007

Reference

Private Eye Nos 1149; 1150; 1152; 1172 (2006)

Reference

Evening Standard 3 March 2005 Report of discovery of gas mains.

Reference

Local Publication/Booklet 13 Aug. 2003 'Wilmslow Express': criticism by former member of ATS of proposed design.

Reference

The Legion May/ June 2011 p.66 Article on the sculptor John W Mills.

Reference

Monument to Women Whithall (website with information on the memorial ) http://www.monumenttowomenwhitehall.com/

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