About the Memorial

The Armed Forces Memorial, dedicated in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen on 12 October 2007, is a nationally significant focus for Remembrance. It honours those members of the Armed Forces (Regular and Reserve) who were killed on duty while performing functions attributable to the special circumstances and requirements of the Armed Forces, or as a result of terrorist action, and those who died while deployed on designated operations.

The Memorial is a stunning piece of architecture comprising a 43 metre diameter stone structure with two curved walls and two straight walls containing the names of those honoured here.

Since the end of World War II the men and women of the Armed Forces, often supported by the Royal Fleet Auxiliary and the Merchant Navy, have taken part in more than 50 operations and conflicts across the world, often as part of United Nations, NATO or other international coalitions.

It’s not just Service Personnel who’ve made the sacrifice. Behind every name on the Memorial are the wives, husbands, partners, parents, children and colleagues who loved them and who live with the pain and consequences of their loss every day.

Tricia Wall’s husband Company Sergeant Major Colin Wall was killed in Basra, Iraq, in 2003. His name appears on the Memorial.

"The Memorial has come to mean a great deal to all of the family, especially our son Alex who was just 11 months old at the time of his dad’s death," Tricia says.

"We'll always be incredibly proud of Colin. This magnificent place is an awe-inspiring tribute that will forever honour him and the thousands of other men and women who have lost their lives serving their country."

Jill McLachlan, wife of Corporal Robin McLachlan who was killed in 2003, cut the first turf with her two daughters before construction of the Memorial started in August 2006. She said:

"Robin served bravely in difficult circumstances in both Northern Ireland and Bosnia. We were absolutely shocked and devastated to lose him in a road accident while posted in Germany, especially as he never got to see our youngest daughter, Kirsty.

"The Memorial provides fitting recognition of both his sacrifice and that of his family. Our daughters will come back here year after year, and in time their families will too."

Jenny Green OBE is a trustee and vice patron of the Armed Forces Memorial and former chairman of the War Widows Association of Great Britain. Her husband Group Captain Bill Green was killed 18 years ago, his body was never recovered. For her, with no grave or headstone to visit, the Memorial is of very great significance.

"Unlike many, my son and daughter were lucky to have been old enough to have known their father and have memories which give comfort as the years pass," Mrs Green said. "Now my son has a son of his own, and I know that in time he will bring him here to see and hear about the grandfather he never knew."

"This Memorial is a special place in which to honour our loved ones, a place to reflect with pride on their ultimate sacrifice, to remember them and to see others remembering them. But it’s far more than just a monument. It has a serenity and beauty of its own and comes alive when, within its walls, people walk, sit and think. To see families and friends touching the names of their lost loved ones is incredibly moving."

"A surprising and moving experience.
Well worth a return visit."


Robyn Goodman

Armed Forces Memorial By Nick Mott

 

Palestine 1945-48 Kuwait 1991
Malaya 1948-60 Iraq/Kuwait 1991-2003
Yangtze 1949 Western Sahara 1991 to present day
Korea 1950-53 Northern Iraq/Southern Turkey 1991
Canal Zone 1951-54 Air Operations Iraq 1991-2003
Kenya 1952-1956 Cambodia 1991-93
Cyprus 1955-1959 Former Yugoslavia 1992-2002
Suez 1956 Sarajevo 1992-96
Arabian Peninsula 1957-60 Georgia 1993 to present day
Congo 1960-64 Rwanda 1993-96
Brunei 1962-64 Angola 1995-1997
Borneo 1962-66 Croatia 1996-98
Cyprus 1964 to present day Bosnia and Herzegovina 1996 to present day
Radfan 1964 Kosovo 1998-2002
South Arabia 1964-67 Sierra Leone 1998 to present day
Malay Peninsula 1964-65 Sierra Leone 1999-2002
Northern Ireland 1969-2007 Congo 1999 to present day
Dhofar 1969-76 Kosovo 1999 to present day
Rhodesia 1979-80 East Timor 1999
South Atlantic 1982 Ethiopia & Eritrea 2000 to present day
Lebanon 1983-84 Macedonia 2001-02
Gulf of Suez 1984 Afghanistan 2001 to present day
Gulf 1986-89 Balkans 2003 to present day
Pashawar 1989-90 Iraq 2003 to 2011
Namibia 1989-90 Libya 2011
Gulf 1990-1991