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Westminster citizens war memorial

In St Benedict's chapel in Westminster Abbey is a stained glass window in memory of those citizens of Westminster who gave their lives during the 1939-1945 war. The glass was designed by Hugh Easton and depicts large figures of St Michael, with a flaming sword, and St George slaying the dragon. The coat of arms of the City of Westminster and various badges and emblems representing the armed forces and other organisations, such as the Home Guard and Civil Defence, in which citizens served are also shown. Princess Margaret unveiled the window on 7th November 1948. The inscription reads:

To the memory of those citizens of Westminster who gave their lives in the war of 1939-45.

A window to the Queens Westminster Rifles who died in the 1914-1918 war was originally in this position but was destroyed by blast in 1940.


7th November 1948


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Westminster citizens war memorial
Westminster citizens war memorial window

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Image © 2020 Dean and Chapter of Westminster

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