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A wonderful place to contemplate the horrors and losses of wars. Especially if you or yours were Desert Rats

I was one of the team of three former soldiers who put this memorial in its place after many many... read more

Reviewed June 20, 2018
Derek B
Open Day 2018

Hi, back again for another year of events at the memorial. Had a really brilliant day and it was... read more

Reviewed June 19, 2018
Ian P
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The memorial is dedicated to all who served in the 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats), the 4th Armoured Brigade (The Black Rats) and the 7th Armoured Brigade (The Green Jerboa), throughout history. In 1944 the men of 7th Armoured Division (The...more
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

I was one of the team of three former soldiers who put this memorial in its place after many many months of hard work and negotiations, I even went back to the Army in Germany to raise funds. Sadly, I am the only one of...More

2  Thank Derek B
Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded June 21, 2018

Many thanks for your kind review. It is good to know that we have kept up the legacy of you and your colleagues who helped set the Memorial up. We are also pleased that you liked the Museum, which will continue to evolve over the...More

Reviewed June 19, 2018

Hi, back again for another year of events at the memorial. Had a really brilliant day and it was great to see new displays and stalls, plus the museum open. The latter is a really great attraction that packs a great deal in. The display...More

1  Thank Ian P
Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded June 22, 2018

So great to have you back with us again. Many thanks for your support over the years. The Amateur Radio Special Event Station was a new addition this year and we have heard good things about them and also the Royal Signals Squadron, too. We...More

Reviewed June 19, 2018

We were using the Caravan Club site this weekend and there was a Desert Rats Memorial Open Day held just outside on Sunday (the day we were leaving) We couldn't stay to have a look round but there were lots of people of all ages...More

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Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded June 20, 2018

Many thanks for taking the time to post a review on our page. It is a shame you were not able to stay, but please note that next year's event will be on Sunday 16th June 2019, if you wish to attend. Best wishes,

Reviewed December 24, 2017 via mobile

Lovely memorial at the site of the pre D-Day training camp where the 7th Armoured Division spent most of their brief wartime stop in the UK. Also 2-mile woodland walk.

1  Thank David R
Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded December 27, 2017

Many thanks for visiting the Memorial and the surrounding woodland, with all the information boards to study, too. Also thanks for taking the time to write a review of your visit.

Reviewed September 17, 2017 via mobile

Visited the desert rats memorial and walked the trail where everything used to be then stumbled on the desert rats museum and was shown around by the Vice President mr Scott very interesting and knowledgable man .hope the museum goes from strength to strength and...More

2  Thank jennyanydots666
Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded September 18, 2017

We are very pleased you found your visit to the memorial so rewarding and have been given a sneak preview of the museum, courtesy of Rod Scott. Also many thanks for taking the time to provide a review of the memorial, the locality and the...More

Reviewed August 30, 2017 via mobile

This is a very good memorial if you combine it with the forest walk you get to Learn about the Dessert Rats & their time at the camp. Well worth a short visit

2  Thank Paul R
Reviewed August 18, 2017

My father told me his stories. By chance we found out about this memorial, so made a detour to see it. It was very moving. Next year we will visit again and set aside the proper time needed go stop and learn about these wonderful...More

2  Thank besssie
Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded August 20, 2017

We are very pleased you found out about our memorial and the found the experience rewarding. Hopefully you managed to take the tour in the nearby woods. Our museum will be open in the near future. If you can make it we have an open...More

Reviewed August 17, 2017

A place, just off the road, where you can meander and walk for as long as you want and read the posters etc - a place to think, to thank and to rememberMore

3  Thank Linda C
Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded August 18, 2017

Many thanks for stopping at the memorial and taking the time to wander around finding out more about our history. Also we would like to thank you for writing your review. It is much appreciated. Hopefully, you will be able to visit our museum in...More

Reviewed June 24, 2017

Back again for another year. It was very hot this year, but we had a great day at the memorial. Plenty of stands and things to do. Very well organised event, honouring the men of the Desert Rats. The museum is taking shape and should...More

2  Thank Ian P
Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2017

It is great to have your support again this year and that you enjoyed yourself, even with the heat of the day. Many thanks for taking the time for your feedback, as it does matter to us. Hope to see you again next year

Reviewed April 12, 2017

I didn't realise until we drove through the Thetford Forest and passed the memorial. We stopped and turned back and I was delighted to see this as my Dad fought in WW11 and was part of the Desert Rats Infantry. He went to Normandy to...More

4  Thank Lesley M
Des R, Webmaster at The Desert Rat Memorial, responded to this reviewResponded April 14, 2017

We are so pleased you have discovered Memorial which has special significance to you, even more so looking at how far you have come to visit it. If your father was in one of the Queens Battalions he was billeted up near King's Lynn and...More

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Stephen M
March 25, 2018|
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This will be Sunday 17th June 2018.
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Derek B
Hi, Les Dinning and I started the process of creating a memorial when we met by chance on a railway station outside London - I was wearing a Desert Rats tie and Les approached me. By coincidence, we lived close to each other in Milton Keynes. I co-opted a colleague, Major Roy Standring, ex 7Bde, as was I, to be a three man committee and together we achieved the initial memorial i.e. the tank a plinth. We had as Patron The Field Marshall Lord Carver and he held a couple of our meetings in the House of Lords. The start of the memorial was not without its problems, some of which were caused directly by Breckland District Council who objected to it but now loves it!! It was 'Sandy' of Forest Enterprise for whom my son worked who 'made it happen'. I travelled to Germany to by old Brigade to raise some of the funds. Sadly, Les died of cancer, as you may be aware, but only days before his death he was still enthused by the idea of developing the site.Roy Standring later succumbed to the same disease. One day I would like the opportunity to revisit and to see the progress that has been made but not when the site is overly busy. When might be the best time to do this, please? Best wishes, Derek Bird 07887 767919
March 25, 2018|
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Response from Des R | Property representative |
Derek, we have the annual Memorial Open Day on 17th June 2018 where there will be plenty of the Association on hand to meet up with and also the Museum will be fully open by then. If you want to visit earlier please let is... More
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