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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 Paterson21 days ago
    Ian Paterson

    Ian Paterson

    21 days ago

    Here is the latest press release on the carving of the memorial by veterans.

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  • Ian Paterson1 month ago
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    Ian Paterson

    1 month ago

    It is planned that more veterans will be taking part in the carving of the memorial in November 2021, though the exact date has not be fixed as yet. We are planning the event with the National Memorial Arboretum team and we now have less than a year to go. Floreat Jerboa!

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  • Ian Paterson4 months ago
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    Ian Paterson

    4 months ago

    Many thanks to those have given so far via Just Giving, which along with our other efforts has now enabled us to by the stone for the plinth, which is being prepared, by veterans. This means that a Memorial for veterans, is being built by veterans. Many are doing this as part of their theory for various conditions. The land for the memorial has been agreed with the National Arboretum and we will be ready to pay for that next. There is a wooden 'mock up' of the Jerboa, which will allow us to check it is right. Here are some photos of the work.

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Page last updated on: 12/2/2021 08.57



  • Alex Forzani

    Alex Forzani

    Dec 2, 2021

    Thanks CS, great cause. Best of luck. Alex


  • Gillian Morphy

    Gillian Morphy

    Dec 1, 2021

    In memory of Leonard Burritt who served in the DesertRats.


  • Keith Avant

    Keith Avant

    Nov 22, 2021

    Great cause, well done!!


  • Phil Hawkins

    Phil Hawkins

    Nov 20, 2021


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    Wabtec Rail Quality & OPEX team

    Nov 15, 2021


  • Janice Douglas,  Sara Sayers, James & Laura Green

    Janice Douglas, Sara Sayers, James & Laura Green

    Nov 6, 2021

    In memory of Uncle Len WO2 Burritt 28.08.1918-10.10.2021


  • Naomi and Steve Beswick

    Naomi and Steve Beswick

    Nov 2, 2021

    In memory of Len - Its was a pleasure and an honour to call you our friend x x


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Lt Oakley, Harwich, Essex

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