Day 22 – 18/09/21 Trethewey War Memorial

The aftermath of the First World War saw the biggest single wave of public commemoration ever with tens of thousands of memorials erected across England. This was the result of both the huge impact on communities of the loss of three quarters of a million British lives, and also the official policy of not repatriatingContinue reading “Day 22 – 18/09/21 Trethewey War Memorial”

Day 16 – 12/09/21 Brookwood Military Cemetery

Situated at the western end of Brookwood Cemetery Brookwood Military Cemetery is the UK’s largest Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery with over 5,000 service personnel commemorated there. It contains the graves of men and women from across the commonwealth as well as other nations – you can find out more about it here: CWGC Brookwood.Continue reading “Day 16 – 12/09/21 Brookwood Military Cemetery”

Day 16 – 12/09/21 Runnymede RAF Memorial

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission RAF memorial at Runnymede is a magnificent memorial commemorating over 20,000 service men and women of the Commonwealth Air Forces who died during operations from bases in the UK as well as North and Western Europe, and who have no known grave. It was unveiled by the young Queen ElizabethContinue reading “Day 16 – 12/09/21 Runnymede RAF Memorial”

Day 14 – 10/9/21 – Desert Rats’ Memorial

7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) – From El Alamein to Berlin… …via Thetford! Nestled in the forests around Thetford, 2 miles north of Mundford sits ‘Little Audrey’ a Mk5 Cromwell tank of B Squadron 1 Royal Tank Regiment. Audrey is a memorial to all who served in 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats), 4thContinue reading “Day 14 – 10/9/21 – Desert Rats’ Memorial”

Day 11 – 7/9/21 – National Memorial Arboretum

Set in 150 acres of the Staffordshire countryside, bordered by the rivers Trent and Tame, just 5 miles north of Lichfield is The National Memorial Arboretum. The brainchild of Commander David Childs CBE who wanted a national centre of Remembrance, the then Prime Minister, John Major, launched an appeal to raise funds in 1994. WorkContinue reading “Day 11 – 7/9/21 – National Memorial Arboretum”