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British Prisoners of War 1914-1918

In 1926 a stained glass window, by Sir J. Ninian Comper, was unveiled in the north choir aisle of Westminster Abbey to remember all British prisoners of war in Germany who died during the First World War. It was presented by James Gerard, US Ambassador in Berlin and the inscription reads: 

In memory of British Prisoners of War who died in Germany 1914-1918. A tribute from the American Ambassador in Berlin 1914-1917

The American eagle and coat of arms appears at the base with the arms of the United Kingdom. The main figures in the window show King Henry VI and Richard Harweden, abbot of Westminster, continuing the theme shown in the north nave aisle windows.


Soldier; airman


North Choir Aisle

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British Prisoners of War 1914-1918
British Prisoners of War 1914-18 window

© The Dean and Chapter of Westminster

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

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I’ve worked here for over thirty years and have seen many of the major services - it’s strange to realise that you are in a small way part of history.


Pamela - Rector's Secretary

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