MEMBERS of the Staffordshire Regimental Association have announced plans to replace the memorial at the National Arboretum with a more fitting design after the original fell into decline.
Dave Lovell chairman of the Stafford branch of the association said the current memorial, one of the first at the site, had become ‘aged and started to decline’ with critics describing it as a ‘manhole cover’ and ‘a pile of bricks’.
He said the association now hoped to replace the memorial with a new brick-built ‘obelisk-type’ memorial resembling those at the Whittington Barracks in Lichfield, ‘a fitting memorial to all Staffordshire Regiment Soldiers’.
“This new Memorial will be approximately five metres high and dressed on each side with the Regimental badges of The North Staffordshire Regiment, The South Staffordshire Regiment, The Staffordshire Regiment and 3 Mercian Regiment,” he said. “The Memorial will be made and panelled using Staffordshire Stone.
“The top will be dressed with the Stafford Knot and around the memorial will be stone benches and a patio area surrounding the memorial for visitors.
“The back drop will be the National Arboretum wall of remembrance.”
Mr Lovell said the project would be funded completely by the association with fundraising events planned for the future and invited any members of the public keen to donate to contact him on 01543 434 390.