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Memorial details

Memorial type
Avenue / Tree or grove
District
Lichfield
Town
Alrewas
County
Staffordshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Opened
    Date: 20 May 2004
    Attended by: Local Clergy/Dignitaries
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
61705
Current location

Memorial is no. 232 in Orange Zone. To left of car park
behind Burma Railway.
National Memorial Arboretum
Croxall Road
Alrewas
Lichfield
Staffordshire
DE13 7AR
England

OS Grid Ref: SK 1810414569
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A grove covering 150 acres of land and comprises a mixture of about 100 native trees, Scottish beech, elephant grass and bamboo. Within the grove, at the end of a flagstone pathway, is a stone obelisk with dedicatory inscription, the Kohima Epitaph, engraved on a bronze plaque set below a gold Latin cross and sculpted Burma Star emblem. The obelisk is set on a flagstone platform with stone "baskets" (for personal memorial crosses etc) in front. The obelisk platform rests on a square of flagstones within a circle of shrub planting, within a wooden gated boundary fence. Individual branch association/regimental plaques are affixed to the fence. The path to the memorial is flanked by wooden benches on each side. Information plaques are staked into the grass.
Inscription
Obelisk: WHEN YOU GO HOME/ TELL THEM OF US/ AND SAY/ "FOR YOUR TOMORROW,/ WE GAVE OUR TODAY." Plaque 1: THE BURMA STAR MEMORIAL GROVE/ THIS MEMORIAL GROVE IS DEDICATED TO F ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO PARTICIPATED IN THE BURMA/ CAMPAIGN 1941-1945 AND WHO WERE AWARDED THE BURMA STAR OR THE BURMA STAR WITH PACIFIC/ CLASP. IT IS INTENDED TO BE A FITTING TRIBUTE TO THEM AND A PLACE OF REMEMBRANCE FOR THOSE/ KNOWN AS 'THE FORGOTTEN ARMY'/[UNKNOWN..]/ WHEN YOU GO HOME, TELL THEM OF US AND SAY, FOR YOUR TOMORROW, WE GAVE OUR TODAY. Plaque 2: THE BURMA CAMPAIGN 1941-1945/ [UNKNOWN...]/ WHEN YOU GO HOME, TELL THEM OF US AND SAY, FOR YOUR TOMORROW, WE GAVE OUR TODAY.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • 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
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Avenue
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Fence/ Railing
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Gate
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Wood
  • Seat
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
History
Maintained by the Burma Star Birmingham Branch and their friends.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
The Burma Star Association
Reference
  • BBC News Online 20 May 2004

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