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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 Paterson5 days ago
    Ian Paterson

    Ian Paterson

    5 days ago

    VETERANS CARVING THE PLINTH Back at the end of November 2021 another group of veterans attended a weeks course on stone carving for the memorial. They managed to complete the carving of some of the stones which had been started in July and make headway into carving the quoins (corner stones). The jerboa, the symbol of the Desert Rats, has been built in MDF and has been watching over the students all week. Once the plinth is complete, any tweaks to the maquette will be made, and the jerboa will be manufactured in Corten steel.

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  • Ian Paterson5 days ago
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    Ian Paterson

    5 days ago

    Dear All, Here is a short video of the very location the new Desert Rat Memorial will be located, later this year. The new memorial will be near the Gulf War Memorial which is just out of shot on the right of it. We hope to post some more photos of the build, etc., soon.

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  • Ian Paterson1 month ago
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    1 month ago

    We would like to share the news with all our supporters the fantastic news that we have now bought the land that the Memorial will sit on at the National Memorial Arboretum, Staffordshire. It will be in the are marked 2 on the attached map. We still have a way to go before we can unveil it on 23rd October 2022, the 80th Anniversary of Second Battle of El Alamein, so any further donations will be most welcom. FLOREAT JERBOA!

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  • Noella Thurlow

    Noella Thurlow

    Jan 5, 2022

    My father George Thurlow will be overjoyed at what you are doing as he was a Desert Rat himself


  • Annie Baines

    Annie Baines

    Dec 23, 2021


  • Gary Knighton

    Gary Knighton

    Dec 20, 2021

    Cheers CS thanks for the tanks and mugs .


  • Sandy


    Dec 15, 2021

    Thanks CS, great tank!


  • Becky Mill-Wilson

    Becky Mill-Wilson

    Dec 7, 2021

    CS - thanks as always. A couple of great Christmas presents and supporting a great cause


  • Alex Roth

    Alex Roth

    Dec 3, 2021

    Fabulous track links!


  • K Wilson

    K Wilson

    Dec 3, 2021

    Tank purchase


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Lt Oakley, Harwich, Essex

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