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Runnymede Air Forces Memorial, Egham

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The Air Forces Memorial, or Runnymede Memorial, in Englefield Green, near Egham, Surrey, England is a memorial dedicated to some 20,456 men and women from air forces of the British Empire who were lost in air and other operations during World War II. Those recorded have no known grave anywhere in the world, and many were lost without trace. The name of each of these airmen and airwomen is engraved into the stone walls of the memorial, according to country and squadron.
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. It was the first post-World War II building to be listed for architectural merit.
The roof of the memorial looks over the River Thames and Runnymede Meadow, where the Magna Carta was sealed by King John in 1215. Most of north, west, and central London can be seen to the right from the viewpoint; such monuments as the London Eye and the arch of Wembley Stadium are visible on clear days. Windsor Castle and the surrounding area can be seen to the left.
The memorial is on Coopers Hill Lane, Englefield Green, next to the former Runnymede campus of Brunel University and Kingswood Hall of Royal Holloway, University of London since 1965 when it was converted from a convent.
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  • An important piece pf our heritage which all should visit & appreciate. very well organised paths and trails. Best on a dry day though.  more »
  • Runnymede in short is a combination of history and nature put in a blender with monuments, memorials flavour added on top, presented in an elegant English countryside setting. This lovely...  more »
  • We walked from the National Trust tea room at Runnymede so didn't think about driving or parking when we arrived. The garden landscaping is beautiful and serene on entrance. Having information immediately available for the uninitiated was helpful. The building is graceful and peaceful. The use of quotations on so many surfaces is surprising - don't ignore the glass panes!
  • What an amazing, tranquil place. Pays due respect to those who gave their lives for us and offers a lovely environment to reflect. Incredible panoramic views from Windsor Castle to the City of London. A must if you are in the area.
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