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    Weʼve raised £5,177 to Place a Memorial at the National Arboretum to the Desert rats

    Funded on Wednesday, 30th November 2022

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    National Arboretum -Desert Rats Memorial

    We are the Desert Rats Association (Registered No. 1063575 under the Charities Act of 1960) and are raising money to build a new Memorial to the men and women of the Desert Rats from 1940 to the modern day, who have served this country in war and peace.

    The new memorial will acknowledge the history of the Desert Rats using the insignia of the Desert Rat. The Jerboa will be; 1.64m high, made of flame-cut laminated 30mm thick Corten steel, and left with a rust red finish. This will be placed on a stone plinth and will have the sides carved with a sand motif with letters incised. We suggest “DESERT RATS” in a sans serif Roman script fading in and out of the pattern, which suggests movement through time, space and sand.

    Using the Patina and Rust that will naturally occur, as the rust from the Desert Rat is likely to run and stain the plinth. We propose that this should be made into a feature by carving shallow channels in the plinth, which would create red tracks of rust signifying the blood spilt and given for victory. The memorials will be positioned in an oval area with two crescent shaped mounds. In section, echoing the desert landscape of the sand dunes, steeper on one side than the other, covered in turf.

    The memorial from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst will be placed on the higher of the two mounds with the Rat on its plinth in the centre between. There will be a flat area running through the middle of the memorial ground. The Rat will be orientated towards El Alamein, Egypt, pointing towards the origin of the 7th Armoured Division.

    The images show an artist’s impression of the memorial and Maquette of the design we have chosen.

    No matter how small or large your donation, it will all go toward honouring the memory of the men who have worn and continue to proudly wear the Jerboa badge of the Desert Rats and have served this country for over 80 years, including the 'Cold War' and more recent conflicts of the late 20th and early 21st Centuries.

    Many thanks,

    The Desert Rats Association Committee



    • Ian Paterson1 year ago
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    • Ian Paterson2 years ago
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      2 years ago

      Here is a short video of the new Desert Rats Memorial, at the National Memorial Arboretum, Stafford. It was dedicated on 23rd October 2022, but we are still accepting donations as we have a few costs to cover. Floreat Jerboa!

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    • Ian Paterson2 years ago
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      2 years ago

      On 23rd October 2022, which was the 80th Anniversary of the Second Battle of El Alamein we dedicated the new Desert Rats Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire

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    • Carol Sinclair

      Carol Sinclair

      Nov 30, 2022

      In memory of my Dad, Ernie Bevis, a Desert Rat from Camberwell, of whom I am so proud and loved very much. Thank you to all his friends and comrades who did not return, but are remembered with honour


    • Jan Tilsley

      Jan Tilsley

      Nov 23, 2022

      In memory of my father who served in the North African campaign and then through Europe. Was mentioned in despatches


    • Julie Sanders

      Julie Sanders

      Nov 21, 2022

      thank you for my tanks


    • Jenny Cole

      Jenny Cole

      Nov 18, 2022

      Thank you for the 2 tanks CS.


    • Samantha McNabb

      Samantha McNabb

      Oct 31, 2022


    • Rebecca Findlay

      Rebecca Findlay

      Oct 14, 2022

      From some tank nerds. Wishing you the best in your fundraising efforts.


    • Bryn Richardson

      Bryn Richardson

      Oct 10, 2022

      For my grandad who served in the North Africa Campaign. Lesley Thomas Beardsley.


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