Women Of World War Two

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

Current location

Whitehall,Whitehall,City Of Westminster,Greater London,SW1A,England
OS Grid Ref.: TQ 300 790
Denomination: Unknown

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

Subject / Period

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

Subject / Period

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

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

Notes

The movement for this memorial was started in 1997 by retired Maj David Robertson, who had been informed by a Canadian that many Allied countries had memorials to women in WW2 but not the UK. The Princess Royal, Baroness Boothroyd and Vera Lynn were among those who joined the fundraising trust. The original design, chosen in a competition, showed a female air raid warden sheltering children, with the uniforms circling the plinth underneath. This was subsequently simplified to the plinth and uniforms.

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.

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Archive for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this will be included in the record during 2015.

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