The Royal Army Chaplains Department Memorial

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Reference WMO254785

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National Memorial Arboretum

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Croxall Road

Alrewas

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Figure sculpture
Materials:
  • Metal Iron
  • Stone Slate
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Non-Specific Conflict
About the memorial: A sculpture with a shepherd's crook at its centre with a gold handle and a pair of crossed swords, with their ends beaten into ploughshares, on its front. This is set at the centre of a semi-circular, railed plot which has two trees on its periphery. At the front are three circular paques with crests and dedication. 4400 Chaplains were recruited into uniform in WW1 of whom 179 lost their lives. 3 were awarded VC. Dedicated in 2015 IWM Register entry is as follows - A semi-circle of ornate metal railing, fixed to a semi-circle of Delabole slate stones. The railing possibly depicts an altar rail, with a shepherd's crook at the centre-point. The crook, which has a gilt hook, has crossed swords affixed to it. On either side of the crook, at the midway points of the railing, are cylindrical metal tree holders with laurel and oak saplings planted within them. There are two circular metal plaques at each end of the railing, with drawings of insignia; a third plaque in the centre of the brickwork has a commemorative inscription. A fourth plaque, in the ground alongside, has information about the memorial.
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[Plaque 1]: ROYAL ARMY CHAPLAINS' DEPARTMENT/ IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO/ MINISTERED AS CHAPLAINS AMONG/ SOLDIERS IN TIMES OF WAR AND PEACE./ "THE GOOD SHEPHERD LAYS DOWN HIS LIFE FOR THE SHEEP"/ JOHN 10/ [Plaque 2]: IN THIS SIGN CONQUER IS THE MOTTO OF THE/ ROYAL ARMY CHAPLAINS' DEPARTMENT./ IT REFERS TO THE CHI-RHO, THE COMBINATION/ OF THE FIRST GREEK LETTERS OF 'CHRIST'./ WITH THIS EMBLEM THE ROMAN EMPEROR CONSTANTINE I/ ADORNED HIS LABARUM, OR MILITARY STANDARD, HAVING/ HAD A VISION OF THE SIGN IN THE SKY BEFORE THE/ BATTLE OF THE MILVIAN BRIDGE IN AD 312./ MILITARY VETERANS ASSISTED THE BLACKSMITHS OF FIRE AND IRON/ IN SURREY IN THE CREATION OF THIS MEMORIAL./ CHI (X) IS RENDERED AS SWORDS BEATEN INTO PLOUGHSHARES, REPRESENTING SOLDIERS/ IN BOTH WARTIME AND PEACETIME AND RECALLING THE HOPE OF THE/ JEWISH PROPHETS ISAIAH AND MICAH. RHO (P) IS RENDERED AS A/ SHEPHERD'S CROOK, REPRESENTING THE PADRE AS A PASTOR AMONG SOLDIERS AND/ RECALLING PSALM 23 OF KING DAVID. THE LAUREL AND OAK TREES BOTH HAVE/ LEAVES IN THE RACHD CAP BADGE/ CHRISTIAN AND JEWISH CHAPLAINS WHO SERVE IN/ UNIFORM HAVE DIFFERENT FORMS OF THAT BADGE./ HUNDREDS OF ARMY CHAPLAINS DIED IN THE/ CONFLICTS OF THE TWENTIETH CENTURY./ PADRES, UNARMED CONTINUE TO SERVE/ WITH THEIR SOLDIERS WHEREVER THEY GO./

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