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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
South Cambridgeshire
Town
Madingley
County
Cambridgeshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Perry, Shaw, Hepburn and Dean of Boston, Massachusetts (Architect)
Olmstead Brothers of Brookline, Massachusetts (Architect)
Francis Scott Bradford (Artist)
Wheeler Williams (Designer)
LOCAL CRAFTSMAN (Sculptor)
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 16th July 1956
    Attended by: UNKNOWN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
12946
Current location

Cemetery
Madingley
South Cambridgeshire
Cambridgeshire
England

OS Grid Ref: TL 390 600
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
30 acres of land. Flagpole with inscription at base is near the visitors centre. Wall of the Missing stands in between with figures at intervals along the wall. Reflecting pool bordered by rose beds stretch the length of the wall. Main doors of the building are teak with bronze models. One side of the chamber has mural map, other side has windows with replicas of seals. Mosaic in the ceiling and behind chapel. Map on outside of building. Main elevation of memorial has 5 pylons each inscribed with year from 1941 - 1945. Figures of a soldier, sailor, airman and coastguard on wall of the missing. Bronze models on door of military and naval equipment. Mural map of Atlantic and Europe showing the sea routes and land and seas assault lines. Mosaic features angels, ghostly aircraft, crosses and inscription. Windows with seals of States of the Union and War and navy departments. Outside map of the British Isles and sites lent to the United States during the war.
Inscription
Base of flagpole near Visitors Building: ' TO YOU FROM FAILING HANDS WE THROW THE TORCH - BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH' Above and on pylons on north wall of the memorial: GRANT UNTO THEM O LORD ETERNAL REST/ 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Below bronze rope railing on north face balcony: IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE TO THEIR SACRIFICE AND IN PROUD MEMORY OF THEIR VALOUR Above entrance to memorial: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND/ IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ 1941 -1945 Above Chapel entrance: INTO THY HANDS O LORD Mosaic inside chapel: HE RESTORETH MY SOUL, HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES Around the chapel ceiling: IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCE WHO FROM THESE FRIENDLY ISLES FLE THIER FINAL FLIGHT AND MET THEIR GOD. THEY KNEW NOT THE HOUR THE DAY NOR THE MANNER OF THEIR PASSING. WHEN FAR FROM HOME THEY WERE CALLED TO JOIN THAT HEROIC BAND OF AIRMEN WHO HAD GONE BEFORE. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE. Altar rail: FAITH HOPE Tablets of the Missing: THE AMERICANS, WHOSE NAMES HERE APPEAR,/ WERE PART OF THE PRICE THAT FREE MEN/ FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THIS CENTURY/ HAVE BEEN FORCED TO PAY TO DEFEND/ HUMAN LIBERTY AND RIGHTS/ ALL WHO SHALL HEREAFTER LIVE IN FREEDOM/ WILL BE HERE REMINDED THAT TO THESE MEN AND THEIR COMRADES/ WE OWE A DEBT TO BE PAID/ WITH GREATFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR SACRIFICE/ AND THE HIGH RESOLVE THAT THE CAUSE FOR WHICH THEY DIED/ SHALL LIVE ETERNALLY
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 5125
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 5125
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • MEMORIAL AND ATTACHED WALLS, STEPS AND POOL SURROUND AT AMERICAN MILITARY CEMETERY
  • Grade II*
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
Costs

Memorial: FREE

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
American Battle Monuments Commission
Reference
  • FOR YOUR TOMORROW: BRITISH SECOND WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK PP 161-163 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1995 YORK
  • Carter Postcard Collection
  • American Battle Monuments Commission www.abmc.gov/cemeteries/cemeteries/ca.php

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