~ COMBINED OPERATIONS MEMORIAL
INDEX OF PAGES
On this page, you'll find historical information
about the design, construction and dedication of the memorial, mostly in the
form of photographs, together with information and advice on visiting
the memorial and fundraising in support of its future maintenance and
development. All donations and other financial contributions are accounted for
on the 'How to Donate' page listed below.
Together, we are remembering them!
[A veteran makes a supreme effort to honour his fallen comrades
by laying a wreath at the dedication ceremony.]
The Memorial Today
Visiting the Memorial. Get the most out
of your visit by being aware of parking, facilities in the National Memorial
Arboretum Visitors' Centre, help for elderly, disabled and infirm visitors and
the location of the memorial. There is a charge for parking but entry to the
Visitors' Centre and the Arboretum grounds is free, although voluntary donations
How to Donate.
Help is still needed to fund the
maintenance and further development of the memorial and this website. On-going costs are estimated to be in the region of £500 per year.
Prints. "Combined Operations - A Normandy Beachhead."
An evocative painting of a D-Day beach landing by
military artist, David
A Thorp, generously donated by him to the Combined Operations Memorial Fund. Prints of
various sizes are available to order on line or by post, including
limited edition prints.
Four colour prints on Buckram paper. A set of four prints of
D A Grant's
original 1942 design of the Combined Operations badge, printed on buckram
paper in colour. £17.00. Only 100 such prints
will ever be made.
Flat Bottoms and Square Ends.
notice of a book
based on the wartime diaries of
Patrick Lennard Payne, a young Subby (Sub Lieutenant, RNVR), who blasted a
Normandy beach with a salvo of spigot bombs and ended up in Egypt but,
thankfully, not as a direct result of his bombs! Details will be announced in
this 75th Anniversary year of the D-Day landings. All proceeds, after costs,
will be donated to the memorial fund or a charitable trust.
Archive - Fundraising.
See the fundraising wall donations and details of fund raising events. The
memorial was entirely funded from public donations in the UK and overseas
and from the proceeds of fund raising events - a magnificent example of a
successful 'Combined Operation' that raised over £21,000 pounds.
Memorial Archive - Design & Construction.
See the memorial when it was just a pile of
stones in a quarry on the shores of Loch Fyne in Scotland. This was the area
where Commandos trained in the rugged mountains and 250,000 Royal Navy and Army servicemen
trained together in landing craft operations with air support from the RAF. See the memorial under
construction and learn of the symbolism in its design and the materials
used. Even the variety of trees used in the design is significant.
Dedication Ceremony - A Photographic Record of the Day's Events.
was a heart warming experience to meet and greet WW2 veterans, their
families and friends. They engaged in animated discussion
with each other in the refreshment marquee before the ceremony as memories flooded back.
However, there was a palpable change in the atmosphere as wreaths were laid in
remembrance of their fallen comrades and some tears too, exposing the
rawness of their memories after so many years.
Dedication Ceremony - General Barrons' Speech.
An incisive précis of the history, organisation,
development and achievements of Combined Operations and its
surprising relevance to the very different challenges faced by today's Joint
everyone, who contributed to the memorial in donations, fundraising events,
support and encouragement...
A BIG THANK YOU but especially to... click on link to reveal!
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