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Memorial details

Memorial type
Tower
District
Runnymede
Town
Runnymede
County
Surrey
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
SIR EDWARD MAUFE R.A.
Ceremony
  • Opened
    Date: 17th October 1953
    Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
23270
Current location

ON THE SPUR OF COOPER'S HILL
Coopers Hill La
Runnymede
Runnymede
Surrey
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 000 720
Denomination: Undefined

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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
Commemorations
  • 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
Components
  • Roof
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Slate - Westmoreland
  • Tower
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
Listing information
  • COMMONWEALTH AIR FORCES MEMORIAL
  • 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

Site: Free
Comments: LAND WAS DONATED BY SIR EUGEN AND LADY EFFIE MILLINGTON-DRAKE IN 1949

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION
Reference

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