Special Operations Garden

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National Memorial Arboretum

Special Forces Grove, Watersmeet

Croxall Road



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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Garden
  • Flora and Fauna Grass
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Timber Timber (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • 20th Century Wars
About the memorial: A garden dedicated to Special Operations forces within the Allied Special Forces Grove: Garden 1 of seven. The garden is composed of grassland, trees and shrubs and has a number of individual commemorative plaques and memorials. "Annette's Memorial Way" leads through the garden and is marked by a seat constructed out of a fallen tree trunk. In addition to a small black metal plaque bearing the name "Annette's Memorial Way", there is a large square metal plaque with a sculpture of a stag, in relief, above the name of the organisation that created the tree-seat. Attached to the tree seat are individual brass memorial plaques, including plaques to members of REME and the Green jackets.. Within the garden are the following: 1. Dr. John McCrae Tree Seat, including a blue plaque which bears the poem "In Flanders Fields" below a red poppy 2. 138 & 161 Squadrons RAF Memorial - RAF Tempsford 3. 299 Squadron RAF Memorial - Special Operations Flights - "Y" Worry (see WMR 81239) 4. 624 Squadron RAF Memorial - Special Duties Flights 5. Special Forces Signals Association Memorial 6. Escape Lines Memorial Society - Home Run Memorial Stone 7. Squadron Leader Vera Atkins Memorial Seat and the women of "F" (French) section, Special Operations Executive (this is also listed separately on the register as WMR 77360). 8. United Nations Partisan Forces Korea Various individual plaques for SOE and other Special Operations members. (c IWM Register 80077)
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1. Tree-seat (Entrance) Plaque 1: BREAKAWAY SURVIVAL SCHOOL/ TREE-SEAT PROJECT 2005/ 2. Tree-seat (Entrance) Plaque 2: ANNETTE'S MEMORIAL WAY/ 3. Tree-seat (Entrance) Plaque 3: IN MEMORY OF/ GARY REID/ MARK COOPER/ JOHN PROBERT/ L/CPL ANDREW H RIMMER/ REME 4. Tree-seat (Entrance) Plaque 4: IN MEMORY OF/ CHRIS LEWIS 5. Tree-seat (Entrance) Plaque 5: REMEMBERING/ 1ST GREEN JACKETS/ CPL AUSSIE FEWELL/ RFN C SAUNDERS/ RFN F Hunt/ BORNEO 1964/ 6. Dr John McRae Tree-seat Plaque: IN FLANDERS FIELD/ IN FLANDERS FIELDTHE POPPIES BLOW/ BETWEEN THE CROSSES, ROW BY ROW/ THAT MARK OUR PLACE; AND IN THE SKY/ THE LARKS, STILL BRAVELY SINGING, FLY/ SCARCE HEARD AMID THE GUNS BELOW./ WE ARE THE DEAD, SHORT DAYS AGO/ WE LIVED, FELT DAWN, SAW SUNSET GLOW,/ LOVED, AND WERE LOVED, AND NOW WE LIE/ IN FLANDERS FIELDS./ TAKE UP OUR QUARREL WITH THE FOE;/ TO YOU WITH FAILING HANDS WE THROW/ THE TORCH; BE YOURS TO HOLD IT HIGH./ IF YE BREAK FAITH WITH US WHO DIE/ WE SHALL NOT SLEEP, THOUGH POPPIES GROW/ IN FLANDERS FIELD./ WRITTEN 3RD MAY 1915 BY LIEUTENANT COLONEL JOHN MCRAE/ AT HIS DRESSING STATION NEXT TO THE/ ESSEX FARM CEMETERY ON THE/ ROAD FROM BOEZINGE TO YPRES/ 2007/DONATED BY MICHAEL BILLMAN/ FOR HIS SONS BILLY, ALEX AND MARC/ 7. Vera Atkins Seat (see WMR 77360)/ 8. 138 & 161 Squadrons RAF Memorial - RAF Tempsford/ Words Unknown... 9. 299 Squadron RAF Memorial - Special Operations Flights - "Y" Worry/ includes names of :PO Bert Horan, WO Jack Fry, WO Basil Jaggard, WO Reg Lowmanbaker, WO Maurice Davis, WO Gus Tyers/ (See WMR 81239) 10. 624 Squadron RAF Memorial - Special Duties Flights/ Words Unknown.../ 11. Words Unknown... but includes name of Humphrey Macare - Dutch Special Operations Executive/ 12. Words Unknown...but includes name of David Haughton Finlayson - French Special Operations Executive/ 13. Special Forces Signals Association/ Words Unknown.../ 14. Escape Lines Memorial Society - Home Run Memorial Stone / Words Unknown.../ 15. Major Maurice Budd MC - V Special Force Burma and Royal Sussex Regiment/ Words Unknown.../ 16. Major John Sehmer - Special Operations Executive/ Words Unknown... 17. United Nations Partisan Forces Korea/ Words Unknown...but includes names of Lieutenant. L S Adams-Acton, Major W E Anderson, Sergeant. C H Lane, Sergeant D M Sharp, Sergeant J N Wells, Fusilier G Mills/ 18.Captain Peter Arthur David Baker / Words Unknown... 19. Rt. Hon. Airey Neave MP/ Words Unknown...

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