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Armed Forces Memorial

Current location

National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Rd
Alrewas
Lichfield
Staffordshire
DE13 7AR
England
OS Grid Ref.: SK 188 147
Denomination: Undefined

Description

A large earth mound in the form of a barrow on top of which is a circular structure made up of curved walls open at the east and west ends. The names are inscribed on the walls. At the eastern end is an obelisk. Within the circle are two bronze sculptures. The north wall sculpture depicts a groups of servicemen carrying a wounded comrade while grieving family look on from either side. The south wall sculpture depicts the soul of the dead serviceman preparing to depart through a symbolic door as another figure chisels the name on the memorial. A carefully placed slit in the south side of the wall has been positioned so that the sunlight shines directly through it at 11am on the 11 November and onto a central plaque.

Inscription

OBELISK: THEY DIED/ SERVING/ THEIR/ COUNTRY/ WE WILL/ REMEMBER/ THEM PLAQUE: (Unknown) WALLS: (Names)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

None recorded

Subject/Period

Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
Total names on memorial: 1443
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1443
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname

Subject/Period

Korean War (1950-1953)
Total names on memorial: 1086
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1086
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname

Subject/Period

Egypt and the Suez Crisis (1951-1956)
Total names on memorial: 417
Served and returned: 0
Died: 417
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined

Subject/Period

Cyprus Emergency (1955-1959)
Total names on memorial: 357
Served and returned: 0
Died: 357
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Indonesian Confrontation (1963-1966)
Total names on memorial: 176
Served and returned: 0
Died: 176
Exact count: yes
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined

Subject/Period

Falklands Conflict (1982)
Total names on memorial: 255
Served and returned: 0
Died: 255
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Yugoslav Wars (1991-1999)
Total names on memorial: 65
Served and returned: 0
Died: 65
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Gulf War (1990-1991)
Total names on memorial: 49
Served and returned: 0
Died: 49
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Iraq War (2003-2011)
Total names on memorial: 171
Served and returned: 0
Died: 171
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Aden Emergency (1963-1967)
Total names on memorial: 83
Served and returned: 0
Died: 83
Exact count: no
Information shown: Undefined
Order of information: Undefined

Subject/Period

Northern Ireland Conflict; The Troubles (1969-1998)
Total names on memorial: 1400
Served and returned: 0
Died: 1400
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Palestine (1918-1948)
Total names on memorial: 747
Served and returned: 0
Died: 747
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Afghanistan (2001-2014)
Total names on memorial: 82
Served and returned: 0
Died: 82
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Subject/Period

Non-Combat Deaths
Total names on memorial: 0
Served and returned: 0
Died: 0
Exact count: no
Information shown: surname,year died,decorations
Order of information: year died,surname,decorations

Component

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

Component

Sculpture
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Obelisk
Condition: Good
Measurements: height c12000mm
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Memorial
Condition: Unknown
Measurements: width c43000mm
Materials: Undefined
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Foundation Stone
Date: 23 January 2007
Attended by: LORD LIEUTENANT OF STAFFORDSHIRE,RELATIVES/FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 12 October 2007
Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Ceremony

Dedicated
Date: 12 October 2007
Attended by: Archbishop of Canterbury

History

23 April 2012: Beginning of engraving 2011 casualties April 2011: Beginning of the addition of 112 casualties for 2010. 5 June 2010: 119 names added for 2009 29 April 2009: Beginning of the addition of 67 casualties for 2008.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: c £6million
Comments: Funds were raised by public subscription, the Millennium Commission, the sale of Trafalgar Coin.

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Public, other
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Trustees of the Armed Forces Memorial Trust funded by the MoD

Reference

BBC News Online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/7040801.stm

Reference

The Daily Mail 5 / 7 April 2005; 1 and 7 / 4 November 2006; 11 November 2006; 25 November 2006; 23 January 2007; 13 October 2007 pp 2-3

Reference

Other website http://www.forcesmemorial.org.uk

Reference

The Times 11 November 2000; 20 / 7 April 2005; 8 / 20 November 2006; undated

Reference

National Memorial Arboretum http://www.thenma.org.uk/content/Armed-Forces-Memorial-1167.shtml

Reference

Daily Telegraph 10 / undated; 1 and 4 / 13 Oct 2007; 7 June 2010

Reference

BBC News Online http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/6289679.stm

Reference

Soldier 37 / June 2005

Reference

Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2008/02/01/if-i-should-die/

Reference

Fundraising Literature 6 April 2005 Press Release from Armed Forces Memorial Appeal

Reference

Derby Evening Telegraph 5 / 30 June 2008

Reference

Metro 4/ 12 April 2011

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