Women of World War II Memorial, London

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The Monument to the Women of World War II is a British national war memorial situated on Whitehall in London, to the north of the Cenotaph. It was sculpted by John W. Mills, unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II and dedicated by Baroness Boothroyd in July 2005.Fundraising was conducted by a charitable trust set up for the purpose of establishing a memorial, with the National Heritage Memorial Fund donating towards the project. Baroness Boothroyd also raised money on the game show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?.OriginsThe idea for a memorial was raised with retired Major David McNally Robertson in 1997, who was informed that, while many countries had a national monument to the work that women undertook during the Second World War, the UK did not. Previous campaigns had only been limited to attempting to generate funds for a plaque in York Minster with Robertson, and former gunners Edna Storr and Mildred Veal leading the campaign. A fundraising trust was founded, with Baroness Boothroyd, Dame Vera Lynn and the Princess Royal joining. Boothroyd became patron of the trust, with Dame Vera and the Princess Royal becoming vice - patrons. The remaining vice - patrons were John Grogan, MP for Selby; Hugh Bayley, the MP for City of York; Baroness Finlay of Llandaff and Robert Crawford.
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  • Situated not far from Parliament Square and near the entrance to the Supreme Court sits this elegant monument to the women of the First World War and all of their achievements. It was their endeavours...  more »
  • This poignant memorial is right next to the Cenotaph, and is definitely worth a visit, and reflection.  more »
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  • What a brilliant idea to have a statue in the middle of a street to help raise awareness. Was beautiful! Well done!
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