Royal Army Rhysical Training Corps (RAPTC)

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National Memorial Arboretum

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: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
  • Stone Sandstone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Non-Specific Conflict
About the memorial: The memorial is close to the Basra Wall on the Army Parade. A polished black granite stone in the design of a gym vaulting box horse on a wider base platform of the same stone. The top of the memorial is made of sandstone, depicting the lid of the vaulting box. The front face of the memorial has the name of the Corps inscribed in gold lettering below the Corp's insignia - crossed swords below a crown - and motto; key dates reflecting name changes of the Corps are inscribed in gold within red ribbons. The other faces of the memorial are also decorated with the Corps's insignia and the texts of the RAPTC Collect and Corps March inscribed in gold and red lettering. The memorial stands on a square base of flagstones. At each corner is a date-inscribed stone gym-ball, with the four dates being 1860, 1919, 1940 and 2010.
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[6 o'clock face]: [Insignia] ROYAL ARMY PHYSICAL TRAINING CORPS/ ASSOCIATION/ [ribbons]: AGS 1860/ APTS 1919/ APTC 1940/ RAPTC 2010 [9 o'clock face]: [Insignia]:RAPTC COLLECT/ GOD WHOSE WILL IT IS THAT/ MIND, BODY AND SPIRIT SHOULD WORK/ IN UNITY TO THY GLORY, HELP US OF/ THE ROYAL ARMY PHYSICAL TRAINING CORPS/ TO SERVE THEE IN OUR WORK AND EVER TO REMEMBER/ THAT THE BODY MUST BE THE SERVANT OF THE MIND AND/ THE MIND THE SERVANT OF THE SPIRIT AND THAT ONLY AS/ THEY OBTAIN THEIR STRENGTH FROM THEE CAN THEIR/ PURPOSE BE FULFILLED AND THY NAME BE GLORIFIED,/ THROUGH JESUS CHRIST OUR LORD,/ AMEN. [12 o'clock face]:[Insignia] ROYAL ARMY PHYSICAL TRAINING CORPS/ MENS SANA IN CORPORE SANO/ A HEALTHY MIND IN A HEALTHY BODY/ [3 o'clock face]: [Insignia] RAPTC MARCH/ THE EVEN HEART THAT SELDOM SLURS ITS BEAT -/ THE COOL HEAD WEIGHING WHAT THE HEART DESIRES -/ THE MEASURING EYE THAT GUIDES THE HANDS AND FEET -/ THE SOUL UNBROKEN WHEN THE BODY TIRES -/ THESE ARE THE THINGS OUR WEARY WORLD REQUIRES -/ FAR MOER THAN SUPERFLUITIES OF WIT./ WHEREFORE WE PRAY YOU, SONS OF GENEROUS SIRES,/ BE FIT - BE FIT! FOR HONOUR'S SAKE BE FIT./ BY/ RUDYARD KIPLING/

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