United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

RAF Memorial

Our Ref: 11560

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Address

Victoria Embankment
Charing Cross
GREATER LONDON
England
SW1
 
Type:Pillar/Column
Other Location Details:

Whitehall Stairs

OS Map Ref:TQ 300 800

Inscription

IN MEMORY OF ALL RANKS OF THE ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE, ROYAL FLYING CORPS, ROYAL AIR FORCE AND THOSE AIR FORCES FROM EVERY PART OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE, WHO GAVE THEIR LIVES IN WINNING VICTORY FOR THEIR KING AND COUNTRY 1914-18. I BARE YOU ON EAGLES WINGS AND BROUGHT YOU UNTO MYSELF

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
COLUMNStone   Good
FIGUREGilt   Good

Physical Description

STONE COLUMN SURMOUNTED BY A LARGE GLOBE ON WHICH STANDS A GILT EAGLE FACING TOWARDS THE THAMES, WINGS UPSTRETCHED

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? regiment
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Maintenance History:

2011: refurbished
1946: WW2 inscriptions added.

Ceremonies

Date:16 July 1923
RolePerformed By
Unveiling HRH Prince of Wales

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type: Public
Did this include a trust or scholarship?Yes
If so, for what purpose?

The Royal Air Force Memorial Fund was established in October 1919 to commemorate the work of the Flying Services during WW1 by creating an organization which would be of lasting benefit to personnel of the RAF, the WRAF and their dependents. As well as g

Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
Sir Reginald BlomfieldDesigner
SIR WILLIAM REID DICKSculptor
Parlanti's LtdFounder/Foundry

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Comments: 
Photographs:2
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:O
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No
Publications:1
Press Cuttings:1
Postcards:1
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARYGLEICHEN1928P 102 
AT THE GOING DOWN OF THE SUN: BRITISH FIRST WORLD WAR MEMORIALSBOORMAN, DEREK1988PP 36-37 
LONDON STATUES: A GUIDE TO LONDONS OUTDOOR STATUES AND SCULPTUREBYRON, A1981P 363 
Local Publication/Booklet  Programme of RAF Display, Hendon, 3 July 1926 p.49.Full page advertisement for the Royal Air Force Memorial Fund
STAND TO!  pp53-56/ September 2012'Remembering the Great War on the Victoria Embankment, London'
Royal Air Force News  25 March 2011 p.7Memorial refurbished at cost of £70,000 financed by the RAF Benevolent Fund
OrganisationIdWebsite
Percy Simmonds Photograph Collection 
Carter Postcard Collection