Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan War Memorial

Project Details

We were honoured to have supplied stone for the striking memorial honouring military personnel and civilians who served in the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan unveiled by the Queen in London on 9th March 2017.

As one of only a handful of companies with a computerised stone-cutting machine large enough to handle the huge stone blocks that were chosen for the memorial, we were delighted to help. It took a month to produce 10 different blocks from raw chunks of Portland stone, each weighing several tonnes.

These were fused together to form two monoliths, more than 5m high, representing Iraq and Afghanistan between which a giant bronze medallion nestles, commemorating the twin themes of duty and service and recognising the thousands who served between 1990 and 2015.

This stone masterpiece was sculpted by Paul Day, who’s famous for designing the huge statue of two lovers embracing at St Pancras station as well as the Battle of Britain Monument. It’s a wonderful example of just how versatile stone can be – the perfect material to visualise the work of an artist capturing a moment in history.