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  • Country United Kingdom
  • Total identified casualties 20276 Find these casualties
  • Region Surrey
  • Casualties from Second World War
  • GPS Coordinates Latitude: 51.43804, Longitude: -0.56503

Our War Graves, Your History

Discover more about the history of Runnymede Memorial and plan a visit through our Our War Graves, Your History project.

Runnymede Memorial

Please note

The memorial will remain open for visits from local residents. The site is located in a Tier 4 Covid category. Please do not travel to visit the site from outside a Tier 4 area.

The tower at Runnymede will be closed from 24th December – 4th January, and the whole site will be closed 25th December and 1st January

Location information

This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper's Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.

Visiting information

The Memorial is open every day except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, as follows:

1 February until 31 October:

Weekdays: 08.30 - 18.00 or dusk, whichever is sooner.

Weekends and Public Holidays: 10.00 – 18.00 or dusk, whichever is sooner.

1 November until 31 January:

Weekdays: 08.30 - 16.00 or dusk, whichever is sooner.

Weekends and Public Holidays: 10.00 – 16.00 or dusk, whichever is sooner.

Disabled badge holders may use the onsite 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.

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History information

The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 men and women of the air forces, 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.