Memorial Plaque in Westminster Abbey

 To those who served Malaya

 1786 - 1957

 

On a visit to the Abbey in 1965 I was surprised to find on the North wall of the Cloisters a Memorial Plaque.   To all the men and women who served Malaya from 1786 - 1957.

Once again some ten years ago I visited the Abbey with my two eldest grand children and showed them this Plaque.

In recent years I tried to get members of the N.M.B.V.A. interested but had little response.   However on Sunday the 11th November 2001 after the Cenotaph service & parade both Alan Atkins and myself went into the Abbey and had photos taken and obtained more information

That I have included.

 

Details of Plaque

 Westminster Abbey

 The Unveiling

By Her Majesty

Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother

of

The Memorial to Commemorate

Those Men and Women of the British race

Who served Malaya

  1786 - 1957

 Thursday 1st November 1962.  12.15.pm

 The Roman stone mural is mounted on the North wall of the Cloisters of Westminster Abbey.  The dimensions are - height including Coat of Arms is 4ft. 6 inches, width is 5ft. 6 ins. and depth 3 ins.

  The Abbey Surveyor who designed it was - Stephen Dykes Bower

The wording is

 To Commemorate the works of all those

Men and Women of the British Race

Who served Malaya 1786 -1957

They shall come from the East and West and

Shall sit down in the Kingdom of God

 

Abbey layout & location of plaque

 

 

The late Queen Mother unveiling the Plaque after the dedication service that was held in the Abbey

1st November 1962