Bali Bombing-London Wall

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Reference WMO/277600

Address:

Clive Steps

King Charles Street

City of Westminster

London

SW1A 2BJ

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Roadside
Description: Other monument
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Other
About the memorial: Curved granite wall in front of which stands a marble globe engraved with 202 doves. Each of the birds is different and represents a life lost. The wall lists all those who died and the British citizens are listed in the centre immediately under the main dedication. The 28 Britons are also listed with their ages. On the right hand end of the wall is a tablet of the same material detailing the unveiling of the memorial. See also WMO/277598 for a memorial forest in Leicestershire. It is a mystery why the BBC report on that report considers the forest to be the only memorial to this incident, when this memorial cost £300,000, and was the initial memorial. ------------------------------------------------- Westminster Walk: On 12 October 2002 in the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian Island of Bali occurred the deadliest act of terrorism in the history of the country. People from 21 countries and of all ages, including 28 Britons, were victims. 240 were injured. 88 Australians and 38 Indonesians were also killed. Three Bombs were detonated, one carried by a suicide bomber, another a large car bomb, and a third smaller one outside the US consulate nearby. This situation is similar to the event echoed by the memorial to the London Terrorist Bombings in Hyde Park. The stone monument curves round a marble sphere carved with a dove for each victim (reflecting Picasso’s “dove of peace” drawings). Early Christians portrayed baptism with a dove holding an olive branch as a symbol of peace. The choice of a dove came from two sources, in the New Testament there was a comparison between a dove and the spirit of God which descended during the baptism of Jesus, and in the pagan Talmund are the words “the spirit of God hovered over the face of the waters like a dove. Note that 3 unidentified British victims are merely shown as “u” on the list of names.
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Centre: IN MEMORY OF THE 202 INNOCENT PEOPLE/ KILLED BY AN ACT OF TERRORISM IN KUTA/ ON THE ISLAND OF BALI INDONESIA/ ON THE 12TH OF OCTOBER 2002/ THE BRITISH CITIZENS LOST ARE HERE LOVINGLY REMEMBERED/ (NAMES) Left and right: (names) END TABLET: THIS/ MEMORIAL/ WAS/ UNVEILED/ BY/ THEIR ROYAL HIGHNESSES/ THE PRINCE/ OF WALES/ AND THE/ DUCHESS OF/ CORNWALL/ ON 12TH/ OCTOBER/ 2006

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