Throughout our 300 plus year history, we’re proud to have honoured the service and sacrifice of RSA colleagues in military conflict. Historically, the first thing to greet you at the entrance of many of our offices was a stone memorial listing the names of those who gave their lives in the First and Second World Wars.
These memorials were eventually donated to the National Memorial Arboretum. However, in 2014, the memorials were placed in secure storage by the Arboretum when the Remembrance Centre was constructed, and a project to create a permanent home for them commenced in 2019.
We’re proud to announce the opening of the RSA Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire to honour our fallen colleagues alongside so many others.
Thanks to the tenacity of Tracey Fisher, newly appointed Archive and Historic Records Director, we’ve been able to collect and save 27 heritage carvings commemorating nearly 1,000 lives.
Stone Mason, Nick Johnson and contractor Jamie Tweedle, surpassed themselves restoring and reworking the carvings into the current display.
We were delighted to welcome so many illustrious guests to Thursday’s unveiling, including representatives from RSA Pensioners, the Royal British Legion, the Armed Forces Covenant, the National Memorial Arboretum and the RSA Armed Forces ERG.
As part of the Royal British Legion, the Arboretum is free to visit and set in 150 acres of rolling grounds on the edge of the National Forest in Staffordshire. The National Memorial Arboretum exists to ensure that the unique contribution of those who have served and sacrificed is never forgotten.
The baton of Remembrance is passed on through the generations and there is a year-round space to celebrate lives lived and remember those we have lost. Ken Norgrove, CEO of RSA attended the unveiling ceremony on a sunny afternoon in Staffordshire and offered his reflections:
Tracey Fisher has been the driving force for this project, enlisting help along the way from volunteers in and outside RSA who’ve provided invaluable help.
You can learn more about the memorials where Tracey and a small group of RSA volunteers took on the further mantle of researching the individual stories of the RSA Heroes, unveiling some truly incredible stories of bravery and loss.
Finally, we spoke to Tracey to find out how she feels now that the memorials have a new home...