Many families place great importance on the recognition given to a life lost in the services. However there can also be disappointment when some people do not get medals or the recognition their family feel they should have.
Further information on medals is available through the Service Personnel and Veterans Agency and through the Ministry of Defence, where there are full details too of the new Elizabeth Cross and Scroll and the Veteran's Badge, available to widows of the deceased. There are very strict eligibility criteria for these so please check carefully to ensure you meet them.
The Armed Forces Memorial
The Armed Forces Memorial is located in the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas near Lichfield in Staffordshire. Each year a service of dedication is held to dedicate the names of those added from the preceding year. Next of Kin and immediate family will receive an invitation but the numbers are restricted as the service is held inside the memorial itself.
The inscription on the Obelisk of the Armed Forces Memorial states that it is in memory of all who died while serving their country. In addition all those who have been killed on duty or died in a theatre of war or by terrorist activity since 1947 are inscribed on the memorial. Each year the names of those who in the preceding year died and who fulfil the criteria are dedicated at a ceremony. A certificate commemorating these deaths can be downloaded from the website.
Rolls of Honour
Each Service has or is developing a Roll of Honour with the names of all its deceased personnel inscribed in Books of Remembrance.
- The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Rolls of Honour will be available in St Martin's in the Fields
- The Army Rolls of Honour will be available in the Royal Hospital Chelsea. (These are currently being prepared and are not, as of September 2009, yet in place; do check before you plan a visit to see them)
- The RAF Roll of Honour is in place and can be viewed in St Clement Danes Church , The Strand London
Forces Conflict Memorial
The Forces Conflict memorial is placed in the cloisters of Westminster Abbey.
Individual units and stations may also have their own memorials. The Visiting Officer should be able to advise.
Local Councils can be approached for names of those who die on operations to be added to existing war memorials. The British Legion can advise.