Gulf War (90-91) Memorial Dedication

28 February 2016

To mark the 25th anniversary of the end of the Gulf War (90-91), a memorial has been dedicated at the Arboretum in honour of the 47 British personnel who died in the liberation of Kuwait and all those who fought in the conflict. 

The memorial which has been commissioned, designed and built by The Gulf War Memorial Trust (GWMTA), comprises of three pillars representing each of Britain's three Armed Forces. The centre stone of the memorial carries the image of the reverse of the Gulf Medal, engraved in black granite. 

Each of the 47 pavers on the memorial, which are laid out in concentric circles, carries the name of one of the fallen. Beneath the centre stone, there are 48 poppies from the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015, one poppy for each of the "47 fallen" and one solitary poppy for all of the veterans who have passed away since the Gulf War. 

The memorial, which is aligned on a compass bearing of 302 degrees from true north - the compass bearing from Kuwait to the Arboretum - carries an inscription in English, Latin and Arabic. The inscription reads: "In Memory of the 47 fallen comrades, and to those who fought in Operation Granby (1990-91) The Liberation of Kuwait, those who subsequently passed away and also those that contributed to fight their own battles, long after the funds fell silent. Lest we Forget."

Fundraising for the memorial was carried out by the GWMTA committee members, family and Regimental Associations. Contributions have included two very generous donations from Mr Khaled Al-Duwaissan (The Kuwaiti Ambassador to London) and the citizens of Kuwait totally £35,000.