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Weʼre raising £40,000 to Place a Memorial at the National Arboretum to the Desert rats

Lt Oakley, Harwich, Essex

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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

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  • Ian Paterson4 months ago
    Ian Paterson

    Ian Paterson

    4 months ago

    Here is a photograph of the memorial with the grass starting to grow, after some showers and sun. Donations still welcome to help us complete all the work.

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  • Ian Paterson5 months ago
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    Ian Paterson

    5 months ago

    Update on the Memorial at the National Arboretum Here is a photo of the progress, showing the new memorial, with the Sandhurst memorial in the background. We just need the grass seed to take, Any donations to help us complete everything, will be most welcome.

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  • Ian Paterson5 months ago
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    5 months ago

    Update on the Memorial at the National Arboretum Here is a photo of the progress, showing the landscaping and the work to make access to the memorial easier, during wet weather. We are well on the way to completing the work and organising the Ceremony later this year. so any donations will be most welcome to help us reach our goal.

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Page last updated on: 9/15/2022 19.58

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138

  • Jim Lawton

    Jim Lawton

    Sep 15, 2022

    Love the tank C-S. Good luck with the fundraising.

    £35.00

  • David Collins

    David Collins

    Sep 2, 2022

    In memory of my father, medium gunner, with the 8th Army from Alamein onwards

    £100.00

  • Giles Murphy

    Giles Murphy

    Aug 22, 2022

    Thanks you CS for the Tank and Tour!

  • Ben

    Ben

    Aug 18, 2022

    Good to meet you today CS, thanks again for your time.

    £10.00

  • Simon Reid

    Simon Reid

    Aug 18, 2022

    Great to meet you today CS, really enjoyed our conversation and delighted to support this great cause.

    £20.00

  • Gav

    Gav

    Jul 28, 2022

  • N Gilks

    N Gilks

    Jul 14, 2022

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Lt Oakley, Harwich, Essex

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