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.
Following the award of a £3 million LIBOR fines grant to the Arboretum and with further support from The Royal British Legion, the Armed Forces Memorial is undergoing a year-long programme of repairs and improvements. To find out more about the works please visit our Armed Forces Memorial programme of improvements page.
Testimonial"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, 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."Tricia Wall
- Palestine 1945 - 1948
- Malaya 1948 - 1960
- Yangtze 1949 - 1949
- Korea 1950 - 1954
- Canal Zone 1951 - 1954
- Kenya 1952 - 1956
- Cyprus 1955 - 1959
- Suez 1956
- Arabian Peninsula 1957 - 1960
- Congo 1960 - 1964
- Brunei 1962
- Borneo 1962 - 1966
- Cyprus 1964 - present
- Radfan 1964
- South Arabia 1964 - 1967
- Malay Peninsula 1964 - 1966
- Northern Ireland 1969 - 2007
- Dhofar 1969 - 1976
- Rhodesia 1979 1980
- South Atlantic 1982
- Gulf 1990 - 1991
- Air Operations Iraq 1991 - 2003
- Cambodia 1991 - 1993
- Balkans 1992 - present
- Sierra Leone 2000 - 2002
- Afghanistan 2001 - 2014
- Iraq 2003 - 2011
- Libya 2011
The names of those who have died are recorded in date and Service order, grouped together with colleagues who died in the same incident. Naming starts on the left wall as you enter the Memorial from the steps.
To quickly learn if a person is included on the Armed Forces Memorial use the Roll of Honour on the Veterans UK website or ask a member of our team while visiting. Every effort will be made by our team to assist you in finding the name you are looking for.
Over 15,000 names were carved by computer when the Memorial was created, with space on the empty panels for an additional 15,000. Since then, the names of those killed since 2007 have been engraved by hand on the Memorial on an a yearly basis.
Testimonial"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."Jenny Green OBE
The centrepiece of the Memorial is two large bronze sculptures, representing loss and sacrifice, on either side of a central bronze laurel wreath. Created by Ian Rank-Broadley, the sculptures bear silent witness to the cost of armed conflict.
To the north, a Serviceman is raised aloft on a stretcher by comrades. On either side family members look on - a mother clasped by a child and an older couple clutching each other in anguish. It bears witness to the cost of armed conflict to those left behind - the families, loved ones and friends who live with the pain and consequence of their loss for the rest of their lives.
Opposite, the body of a warrior is being prepared for burial by female and Gurkha soldiers. The figure before the double doors points to a world beyond where the warrior will rest as another figure chisels the name on the memorial.
The alignment and axis of the Memorial portray a greater meaning and draws inspiration from prehistoric monuments. At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month the sun's rays stream through the door of the sculpture, illuminating the wreath in the centre of the Memorial.
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