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Memorial details

Memorial type
Chapel: Dedicated within church building
District
City Of Westminster
Town
Westminster
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
Farmer and Brindley, John Marshall, Cathedral Architect
Ceremony
  • Dedicated
    Date: 12 Nov 1924
    Attended by: Catholic Chaplain to the Armed Forces - Bishop Keating
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
9656
Current location

Chapel of St Patrick and the Saints of Ireland
Westminster Cathedral
Ambrosden Avenue
Westminster
City Of Westminster
Greater London
SW1P 1DW
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 29249 79068
Denomination: Roman Catholic

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Description
Chapel is decorated with over 30 different kinds of marble, mainly Irish, including Cork red and Connemara green. On walls are enamel badges of 16 Irish regiments and the Royal Irish Constabulary, each surrounded by a bronze wreath and above a bronze plaque. Floor has a Celtic cross set in marble, dossal behind altar is decorated with mother-of-pearl shamrocks, the altar has snakes engraved on it, the pierced white marble screen between chapel and aisle includes shamrocks and oak leaves of St Brigit. tops of red marble pillars between regimental badges are decorated with snakes, doves and rams' heads; mosaics of Oliver Plunkett, St Patrick and gilt statue of St Patrick Leather-bound Books of Remembrance are kept in green marble cabinet in niche next to altar. There are books for each Irish regiment and a book listing Irishmen who died fighting in non-Irish regiments.
Inscription
(on plaques beneath regimental badges) (East wall) THE ROYAL IRISH CONSTABULARY/ 1836-1922 (South wall) 4TH ROYAL IRISH DRAGOON GUARDS; THE INNISKILLINGS (6TH DRAGOONS); 8TH KING'S ROYAL IRISH HUSSARS; IRISH GUARDS; THE ROYAL IRISH REGIMENT; THE ROYAL INNISKILLING FUSILIERS; THE ROYAL IRISH FUSILIERS; THE CONNAUGHT RANGERS; THE LEINSTER REGIMENT; THE ROYAL MUNSTER FUSILIERS; THE ROYAL DUBLIN FUSILIERS; (West wall) 5TH ROYAL IRISH LANCERS; THE ROYAL IRISH RIFLES; NORTH IRISH HORSE; SOUTH IRISH HORSE.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 50000
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 50000
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,year died,regiment,forename,manner of death,decorations
    Order of information: regiment,surname
Components
  • Chapel
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - Irish
  • Case
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - Black, Marble - Green, Glass
  • Book
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Paper, Leather
Listing information
Condition
History
Chapel was built before WW1 but chosen as site of the Irish regiments' memorial by a committee led by HRH the Duke of Connaught. Subsequent work on the chapel was not completed until 1930s. In 2015 a £730 grant from War Memorials Trust (refeence WM 8438/1) assisted with cleaning and repainting (with lime based mortar) the Carrara marble frames, also cleaning the brass name plates to improve legibility, and coating them with microcrystalline wax for protection. the metal farmes of the roundels were also cleaned and elements protected with Smartwater
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Published:Burns and Oates 2003 London
  • War Memorials Trust Bulletin no. 69. May 206, page 6
  • The Times 13 Nov 1924. p.8 col.c

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