United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

COMMONWEALTH GATES

Our Ref: 47929

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Address

CONSTITUTION HILL
WESTMINSTER
GREATER LONDON
England
 
Type:Composite
Other Location Details:

AT THE HYDE PARK CORNER END OF CONSTITUTION HILL

OS Map Ref:TQ 286 798

Inscription

GATE PILLARS: INDIA PAKISTAN BANGLADESH SRI LANKA AFRICA CARIBBEAN KINGDOM OF NEPAL

OUR FUTURE IS GREATER THAN OUR PAST

CEILING OF PAVILION: (NAMES)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
GATE POSTSSTONE - PORTLAND5400mm  Good
MEMORIALStone   Good
DETAILBRONZE   Good

Physical Description

Four stone gate posts, two each side of road. Each is surmounted by a bronze urn. Country names are inscribed on the sides of the gate pillars.

On north side of road is a domed pavilion (or chattri). Names of Victoria Cross and George Cross winners are inscribed within the domed roof.

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarFirst World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:0
Served & Returned0
Died0
Is this an exact count?Not known
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial?None
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No
WarVC or GC Winners
Total names on memorial:70
Served & Returned?
Died?
Is this an exact count?No, an estimate
Other relevant InformationDetails of name list not known/partially known,Total is combined number for multiple wars listed together on the memorial,Died and returned not differentiated on the memorial
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, forename
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:

Ceremonies

Date:6TH NOVEMBER 2002
RolePerformed By
Unveiled HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:C £2.8 million
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

NameOccupation
LIAM O'CONNORArchitect

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Architects plans on file

Comments: 
Photographs:None
Other Documents:News Release 29 March 2000
Form / Letter:O
Negatives:No
Drawings / Plans:Yes
Minutes:No
Press Cuttings:16
Publication NameAuthorDate PublishedPage / DateOther Information
The Times  24 Feb 1999; 30 May 2002 
Daily Telegraph  25 Feb. 1999;30 Mar 2000; 7 Nov 2002 
Evening Standard  15 Jan 1999; 14 Dec 1999; 30 Mar 2000; 5 Apr 2000; 10 Apr 2000; 5 Dec 2000; 18 Oct 2001 
The Guardian  25 Feb 1999; 10 Oct 2002 
Navy News  Mar 2001 
OrganisationIdWebsite
Other website http://www.mgtrust.org/
 'This is London' 30 Mr 2000, 7 Dec. 2000