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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
City Of Westminster
Town
London
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945), Second World War - civilians
Maker
JOHN W MILLS ARCA PPRBS FRSA, Art Founders Ltd
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 09 July 2005
    Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
51288
Current location

In the centre of Whitehall between Cabinet Office and Ministry of Defence
London
City Of Westminster
Greater London
SW1A 2AS
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 30154 79954
Denomination: Undefined

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Inscription
(East and west faces) THE WOMEN OF WORLD WAR II (South face) This memorial was raised to/ commemorate the vital work done by/ nearly seven million women in/ World War II (North face) Unveiled by/ Her Majesty the Queen/ July 9 2005
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War - civilians
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: height 7000mm
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
Condition
History
Originally planned to be next to statues of WW2 Field Marshals on south side of Whitehall. The statue of Sir Francis Drake was removed to make room and relocated to Greenwich. Museum of London Archaeology Service monitored site of memorial during the excavation.
Costs

Comments: £1 million was given by Heritage Lottery Fund, the remainder was raised by public subscription.
Memorial: £1.3 million

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Reference
  • The Wartime News 15 / February 2007
  • Monument to Women Whithall (website with information on the memorial ) www.monumenttowomenwhitehall.com/
  • The Legion May/ June 2011 p.66 Article on the sculptor John W Mills.
  • Local Publication/Booklet 13 Aug. 2003 'Wilmslow Express': criticism by former member of ATS of proposed design.
  • Evening Standard 3 March 2005 Report of discovery of gas mains.
  • Private Eye Nos 1149; 1150; 1152; 1172 (2006)

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