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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Kensington And Chelsea
Town
Chelsea
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Colonial India, First World War (1914-1918), 20th Century Wars (1900-1999), Second World War (1939-1945)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
47538
Current location

NAM Accession reference 1998-10-13-1
National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road
Chelsea
Kensington And Chelsea
Greater London
SW3 4HT
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 27844 77947
Denomination: Undefined

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Previous locations
  • In the Frontier Forces' Chapel/Sanctum
    St Luke's Church
    Sydney Street
    Chelsea
    Kensington And Chelsea
    Greater London
    SW3 6NH
    England

    OS Grid Ref: TQ 27193 78332
    Denomination: Church of England
Description
Rectangular brass plaque with incised black lettering and three silver crests at the top.
Inscription
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN HONOURED/ MEMORY OF THE BRITISH OFFICERS OF THE/ 2ND (OR HILL) SIKH INFANTRY LATER THE 52ND/ SIKHS (FRONTIER FORCE) AND THEN THE 2ND/ BATTALION 12TH FRONTIER FORCE REGIMENT/ (SIKHS) AND IN PARTICULAR THE FOLLOWING/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BY ENEMY ACTION/ WHILE WITH THE REGIMENT 1846 - 1947/ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Harding, G W
Hoare, P S
Lewis, A M
May, C W
Vesey, H C
See details for all 5 names
Commemorations
  • Colonial India
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: year died,place of death,manner of death
    Order of information: Undefined
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: year died,place of death,manner of death
    Order of information: year died,manner of death,place of death
  • 20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: year died,place of death,manner of death
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 7
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 7
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: year died,place of death,manner of death
    Order of information: year died,manner of death,place of death
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
  • CHURCH OF ST LUKE
  • Grade I
  • 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
History
After the Partition of India in August 1947 the Frontier Force units were divided between the Indian and Pakistan Armies. It was then decided that the memorials to the Punjab Frontier Force, 'The Piffers', erected in the garrison churches should be relocated to England, and in 1951 they were installed in the Parish Church of St Luke's, Chelsea. Having been installed in the Frontier Force Chapel within St Luke's Church in Chelsea in 1951, in 1998 this plaque was among several Frontier Force-related memorials that were donated to the National Army Museum.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
The National Army Museum (their reference NAM 1998-10-13-1)
Reference
  • The National Army Museum's Accession number for this plaque is NAM 1998-10-13-1 (Items held by the National Army Museum are sometimes placed on temporary display at various sites, including the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst. Anyone wishing to know the precise current location of this particular memorial is therefore advised to contact the National Army Museum, quoting their reference, to ascertain exactly where it is).
  • Information re the setting up of the Frontier Force Chapel within St Luke's Church in Chelsea in 1951, and the subsequent donation of most of those memorials to the National Army Museum in 1998, can be found at jullundurassociation.org/punjab-frontier-force/

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