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National Memorial Arboretum 3

The National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire first opened in 2001 and it contains more than 370 memorials. Below are images of some of those that caught my eye.

The 49th West Riding Infantry Division saw active service in Norway and Iceland during WW2, where they earned the nickname of the “Polar Bears”, hence the memorial below:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment earned their nickname of “The Tigers” in recognition of their active service in India in the early 19th century:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

The Lion memorial below (rising out of the flood water) is that of The Duke of Lancaster’s Regiment known as the “Lions of England”: 

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

Below are a group of memorials dedicated to the Cavalry Regiments of the British Army:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

Below is the striking Naval Service Memorial:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

Below is the Royal Auxiliary Air Force Memorial:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

The Royal Air Forces Association memorial below is dedicated not only to the RAF, but to all Commonwealth air forces:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

Below is a slow vertical panning shot depicting The Merchant Navy Convoy Wood, dedicated to the 46,000 British merchant seafarers and fishermen lost in conflict during the 20th Century:

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

National Memorial Arboretum 1

We visited the National Memorial Arboretum the week after Remembrance Sunday. This first post concentrates on the main Armed Forces Memorial which commemorates the men and women of the British Armed Forces who have been killed whilst on duty, died in operational theatre or been targeted by terrorists since the end of the Second World War.

Britain has been involved in over 50 military operations and conflicts since 1948 and there are over 16,000 names on this memorial, with space for another 16,000.

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

National Memorial Arboretum, Alrewas, Staffordshire, England

© Mark Simms Photography (2019)

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