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Queen's Westminsters regiment

A metal plaque in memory of several members of the Queen's Westminster Volunteers who died in the South African war was unveiled in the north cloister of Westminster Abbey on 22nd June 1901. The inscription reads:

In memory of the following members of The Queens Westminster Volunteers (13th Middlesex) who joined The City of London Imperial Volunteers and died during the campaign in South Africa 1900. Lance Corporal Charles Francis Nixon, Privates Frederick Nance Aylen, James Chapman Appleford, John Heath Bryce, Reginald Darling Cameron, Sidney Carr and Francis Henry Welsby.
This memorial is erected at the expense of the City of London Imperial Volunteers Regimental Fund. Newton, Lord Mayor. 1899-1900.

At the top of the plaque is the achievement of arms of the City of London and a crown. On either side of the tablet are the letters VR (Victoria Regina). Below is the motto "Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori". The memorial is signed by F. Wheeler and was made in Coalbrookdale.

Roll of Honour for Queen's Westminsters

The roll of honour for those members of this regiment who died during the Boer war and First and Second World Wars is displayed in a case (unveiled in 1983) in the nave of the Abbey, as the Dean is Hon. Chaplain and the Abbey its regimental church. On each side of the inscription are recorded the Regiments' 45 Battle Honours and in each corner are the four Cap badges worn during its history (King's Royal Rifle Corps; Queen's Westminster Rifle Volunteers; 16th County of London Queen's Westminsters). The inscription reads:

To the officers and non-commissioned officers and riflemen of the Queen's Westminsters who gave their lives in South Africa and in the Great Wars of 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. Their names are here recorded for a perpetual remembrance. Honour all men, love the brotherhood, fear God, honour the King.

Memorial window (destroyed)

The Queen's Westminster Rifles memorial window 1914-1918 in St Benedict's chapel was destroyed during the Second World War. This had been unveiled by the Prince of Wales on 10th March 1923 and was made by James Powell & Sons. The service paper contains the names of all those who died during the First World War.

Memorial

22nd June 1901

Field

Soldier

Location

Cloisters; North Cloister; Nave

Memorial Type

Plaque

Queen's Westminsters regiment
Queen's Westminster Volunteers plaque

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Queen's Westminsters regiment
Queen's Westminsters roll of honour case

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

Queen's Westminsters regiment
Queen's Westminster Rifles destroyed window

This image can be purchased from Westminster Abbey Library

Image © 2019 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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