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Memorial details

Memorial type
Allegory (eg: Victory)
District
City Of Westminster
Town
Charing Cross
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Korean War (1950-1953), Falklands Conflict (1982), Gulf War (1990-1991)
Maker
James Butler, James Butler, Trehearne and Norman
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 1st June 2000
    Attended by: HRH Prince of Wales KG
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
39720
Current location

Victoria Embankment Gardens
140 Victoria Embankment
Charing Cross
City Of Westminster
Greater London
SW1A 2EX
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30299 80016
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Figure of an aviator in the guise of Daedalus, arms rasied and bearing outstretched wings. Figure stands on plinth with incised inscriptions on either side and on base. Gilded dedication, motto, and Fleet Air Arm wings on plinth.
Inscription
Lower plinth, inner side: TO THE EVERLASTING MEMORY OF ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM/ THE UNITED KINGDOM, THE BRITISH COMMONWEALTH AND THE MANY/ ALLIED NATIONS WHO HAVE GIVEN THEIR LIVES WHILST SERVING/ IN THE ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE AND THE FLEET AIR ARM/ HE RODE UPON A CHERUB AND DID FLY: YEA HE DID FLY UPON THE WINGS OF THE WIND. Lower plinth, outer side: FLEET AIR ARM Upper plinth, left side: BELGIAN COAST 1914-18 SUEZ-/ -CANAL 1915 DARDANELLES 19-/ 15-16 MESOPOTAMIA 1915-17/ JUTLAND 1916 ATLANTIC 19-/ -39-45 ENGLISH CHANNEL 19-/ -39-45 NORTH SEA 1939-45/ RIVER PLATE 1939 MEDITERR-/ -ANEAN 1940-45 NORWAY 19-/ -40-44-45 NARVIK 1940 DUN-/ -KIRK 1940 CALABRIA 1940 LI-/ -BYA 1940-42 TARANTO 1940/ SPARTIVENTO 1940 MALTA-/ -CONVOYS 1941-42 ARCTIC 19-/ -41-45 MATAPAN 1941 Upper plinth, right side: CRETE 1941 'BISMARCK' 1941/ DIEGO SUAREZ 1942 NORTH-/ -AFRICA 1942-43 SICILY 1943/ SALERNO 1943 AEGEAN 1944/ NORMANDY 1944 SABANG 19-/ -44 SOUTH FRANCE 1944 BU-/ -RMA 1944-45 PALEMBANG 19-/ -45 MALAYA 1945 OKINAWA-/ -1945 JAPAN 1945 KOREA 1950-/ -53 FALKLAND ISLANDS 1982/ KUWAIT 1991
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Falklands Conflict (1982)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Gulf War (1990-1991)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plinth
    Measurements: height 25ft
    Materials: Stone
  • Figure
    Measurements: height 8ft, width 13ft
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Memorial: £350,000

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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