UK - RUNNYMEDE MEMORIAL
Runnymede Air Forces Memorial may be part closed for public
access due to a structural inspection.
This should not restrict access up to the roof terrace but the
central courtyard, where the Stone of Remembrance is located, may
be closed whilst a cherry picker is in operation. This is so that
myself and a structural engineer can inspect some masonry at the
top of the shrine which has moved out of alignment.
- United Kingdom
- Identified Casualties:
This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.
Sept 2013 - The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is aware of an Eco Camp on a field near to the public toilets at Runnymede Air Forces Memorial. The site is being monitored by Surrey Police and Runnymede Borough Council Community Safety Officers. However, it should be noted that the campers have been using the Coopers Hill toilets, which are owned by Runnymede BC. Some recent vandalism has also been reported. At times the public toilets may be out of service whilst repairs are undertaken. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission apologises for any inconvenience to visitors.
The Memorial is open every day except Christmas Day and New Years Day, as follows:
1 November - 31 March:
Weekdays: 09.00 - 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 - 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
1 April - 31 October:
Weekdays: 09.00 - 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 - 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Disabled badge holders may use the on site parking area in front of the memorial. All other visitors requiring parking are asked to make use of the public car park some 200 yards from the memorial on Coopers Hill Lane.
The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force.
The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture by Vernon Hill. The engraved glass and painted ceilings were designed by John Hutton and the poem engraved on the gallery window was written by Paul H Scott. The Memorial was unveiled by The Queen on 17 October 1953.