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Memorial details

Memorial type
Triptych
District
City Of Westminster
Town
Westminster
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
47943
Current location

In the 'Samaria' Room in the Deanery-Prior arrangements for access are required
Westminster Abbey
Deans Yard
Westminster
City Of Westminster
Greater London
SW1P 3PA
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 29973 79401
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Wooden triptych with two hinged side panels which close over the central panel. Emblems of the countries listed are depicted along the sides.
Inscription
LEFT SIDE: TO THE INNERMOST/ HEART OF THEIR/ OWN LAND THEY/ ARE KNOWN RIGHT SIDE: AS THE STARS/ ARE KNOWN/ TO THE/ NIGHT CENTRE:MCMXIV MCMXVIII/ THE BRITISH FIGHTING FORCES/ THE ROYAL NAVY/ PERSONNEL 15TH AUGUST 1914 147,667/ TOTAL ENLISTMENTS 1914 - 1918 407,316/ KILLED OR DIED OF WOUNDS 34,654/ THE BRITISH ARMY/ PERSONNEL 1ST AUGUST 1914 733,514/ ENLISTMENTS 1914 - 1918/ ENGLAND 4,006,158 RHODESIA 7200/ WALES 272 924 NIGERIA/ 15 567/ SCOTLAND 557 618 GOLD COAST 10 287/ IRELAND 134 202 SIERRA LEONE 694/ CANADA 610 636 GAMBIA 371/ AUSTRALIA 416 809 WESTINDIES BRITISH HONDURAS BRITISH GUIANA 15 950/ NEW ZEALAND 124 211/ SOUTH AFRICA 136 074/ NEWFOUNDLAND 9826 BERMUDA 360/ INDIA 1 338 620 CYPRUS 3000/ EAST AFRICA 26 300 MALTA 3000/ NYASSALAND 10 800/ TOTAL ENLISTMENTS TO THE BRITISH ARMY/ 1914 - 1918 7 707 607/ TOTAL OF KILLED IN ACTION, DIED FROM WOUNDS/ OR DIED AS PRISONERS OF WAR 908 371/ THE ROYAL AIR FORCE/ PERSONNEL 1914 1900/ TOTAL ENLILSTMENTS 1914 - 1918 293 532/ KILLED OR DIED OF WOUNDS 4080/ GRAND TOTAL OF MEN ENLISTED IN THE/ ARMY, NAVY AND AIR FORCE, UP TO NOVEMBER 1918/ 9 291 520/ DIED FOR THE EMPIRE/ 1 069 825
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
Components
  • Triptych
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood - Oak
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Our Blog ukniwm.wordpress.com/2007/10/09/million-citizens-of-the-british-empire/ The triptych lists the number who enlisted from each country in the British Empire. This includes South Africa (136,074), East Africa (26,300) Nyassaland (now Malawi – 10,800) Rhodesia (7,200) Nigeria (15,567) Gold Coast (10,287) Sierra Leone (694) Gambia (371) West Indies, British Honduras and British Guiana (15,950) and Bermuda (360).

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