Armed Forces Memorial

The largest memorial at the Arboretum is the Armed Forces Memorial.

It is a nationally significant focus for Remembrance and was created to remember and recognise those who have given their lives in the service of the country since the end of the Second World War.

Since 1948 the men and women of the Armed Services have taken part in more than 50 operations and conflicts around the world, often working as part of the United Nations, NATO or other coalitions.

From the jungles of Malaysia to the South Atlantic seas the Armed Forces Memorial remembers those who have lost their lives around the world. It is particularly important for many, who have no grave to visit, or who remember those who are buried in far off places.

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The Names

Over 16,000 names are recorded on the memorial including those who have been killed whilst on duty, died in operational theatre or were targeted by terrorists . The names on the hundreds of panels that you will see are recorded in the same way, first by year, then by service – Royal Navy, Army and Royal Air Force, then in date order. Colleagues who died in the same incident are remembered together. Over 15,000 names were carved by computer when the memorial was created. There is space on the empty panels for 15,000 more names. Since 2007, the names have been engraved by hand on the memorial on a yearly basis.

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Search the Roll of Honour

You can learn if a person is included on the Memorial using the Roll of Honour. Members of our onsite team are also always happy to help visitors find names which feature.

The Memorial

The memorial’s creator architect Liam O’Connor was inspired by prehistoric Britain and ancient Rome. The memorial sits on a six metre high earth mound, 100 metres wide at the base reducing to 50 metres at the top, which is based on early British barrows. At the top stands a 43 metre diameter stone structure. Two curved walls and two straight walls are made from bricks covered with Portland stone panels. At the centre of the Memorial are two bronze sculptures created by Ian Rank-Broadley.

A gap has been left in the two southern walls of the Memorial. On Armistice Day a shaft of sunlight falls through this gap onto the bronze wreath in the centre of the Memorial.

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The theatres of conflict where the United Kingdom’s Armed Services have served since the Second World War include:


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