Madingley American Military Cemetery and Memorial

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Reference WMO/110829

Address:

Madingley Road

Madingley, Cambridge

CB23 7PH

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Composite
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial chapel and museum room, with attached walls, steps and pool surrounds. 1952-54 by Perry, Shaw, Hepburn, Kehoe and Dean of Boston, with Hughes and Bicknell of Cambridge as executant architects. Portland stone with sandstone flag steps and pool surrounds. Low pitched roof to chapel, its covering not visible (probably copper). Tall, rectangular chapel, places to one end of a row of three long rectangular pools. To the right of the chapel entrance a wall is attached which turns at right angles to flank a terrace adjacent to the pools. Upon this wall the names of the fallen are inscribed and four service men, in modern dress, stand sentinel, carved in stone. The wall turns again and drops to admit a view of the pools and chapel and there is an approach down a flight of steps, which is flanked to its other side by a matching Portland stone pier. Again the level drops, and the Portland stone wall becomes a low retaining wall enclosing the garden area to the left side of the pools, again to admit a flight of steps near the chapel and to finally become a plinth for the chapel. Chapel is simple in its lines with a tall rectangular doorway and a gable above with a commemorative inscription. Wall to left with projecting Portland stone piers rising the full height of the wall. Eastern apse. Decorative bronze window frames. Interior with mosaic to ceiling and apse, in blues, browns and golds, depicting angels and aeroplanes. Relief map on the liturgical south wall depicting The Mastery of The Atlantic: The Great Air Assault. The Memorial and Cemetery was built by the American Battle Monuments Commission, on land donated in perpetuity by Cambridge University. The Memorial is a remarkable building of extremely high quality which is historically important as a war memorial.(c Historic England)
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Base of flagpole near Visitors Building: ' TO YOU FROM FAILING HANDS WE THROW THE TORCH - BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH' Above and on pylons on north wall of the memorial: GRANT UNTO THEM O LORD ETERNAL REST/ 1941 1942 1943 1944 1945 Below bronze rope railing on north face balcony: IN GRATEFUL TRIBUTE TO THEIR SACRIFICE AND IN PROUD MEMORY OF THEIR VALOUR Above entrance to memorial: TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND/ IN MEMORY OF THOSE/ WHO DIED FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ 1941 -1945 Above Chapel entrance: INTO THY HANDS O LORD Mosaic inside chapel: HE RESTORETH MY SOUL, HE MAKETH ME TO LIE DOWN IN GREEN PASTURES Around the chapel ceiling: IN PROUD AND GRATEFUL MEMORY OF THOSE MEN OF THE UNITED STATES ARMY AIR FORCE WHO FROM THESE FRIENDLY ISLES FLE THIER FINAL FLIGHT AND MET THEIR GOD. THEY KNEW NOT THE HOUR THE DAY NOR THE MANNER OF THEIR PASSING. WHEN FAR FROM HOME THEY WERE CALLED TO JOIN THAT HEROIC BAND OF AIRMEN WHO HAD GONE BEFORE. MAY THEY REST IN PEACE. Altar rail: FAITH HOPE Tablets of the Missing: THE AMERICANS, WHOSE NAMES HERE APPEAR,/ WERE PART OF THE PRICE THAT FREE MEN/ FOR THE SECOND TIME IN THIS CENTURY/ HAVE BEEN FORCED TO PAY TO DEFEND/ HUMAN LIBERTY AND RIGHTS/ ALL WHO SHALL HEREAFTER LIVE IN FREEDOM/ WILL BE HERE REMINDED THAT TO THESE MEN AND THEIR COMRADES/ WE OWE A DEBT TO BE PAID/ WITH GREATFUL REMEMBRANCE OF THEIR SACRIFICE/ AND THE HIGH RESOLVE THAT THE CAUSE FOR WHICH THEY DIED/ SHALL LIVE ETERNALLY

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