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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Kensington And Chelsea
Town
Chelsea
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
19th Century Wars (1800-1899), 20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
92922
Current location

NAM Accession reference 1998-10-92-1
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 bronze plaque, with a raised 5th Royal Gurkha Rifle badge at top-centre, commemorating five of the Commanding Officers of the Regiment.
Inscription
5TH ROYAL GURKHA RIFLES (FRONTIER FORCE)/ IN HONOURED MEMORY OF/ (NAMES)
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Barrett, Arthur Arnold
Gaselee, Alfred
Martin, Alfred Robert
Roberts, Frederick Sleigh
Sym, John Munro
See details for all 5 names
Commemorations
  • 19th Century Wars (1800-1899)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 1
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, forenames, surname, decorations, dates of tenure as Commanding Officer
    Order of information: Undefined
  • 20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
    Total names on memorial: 4
    Served and returned: 4
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Rank, forenames, surname, decorations, dates of tenure as Commanding Officer
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Plaque
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
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
National Army Museum (Accession reference NAM 1998-10-92-1)
Reference
  • The National Army Museum's Accession number for this plaque is NAM 1998-10-92-1. (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/
  • The War Memorials Trust's record of this memorial is WMO 142612, see www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/142612/

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