THE NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
The National Memorial Arboretum is located in the centre of England on Croxall Road, Alrewas in Staffordshire. It is open freely to all, all year-round, every day except Christmas Day.
The Arboretum was the idea of Commander David Childs CBE who, having been inspired by a visit to Arlington Cemetery and the National Arboretum in Washington, believed a year-round national centre of Remembrance was needed here in the UK to ensure we never forget. It is a national monument to those who have lost their lives on duty or by an act of terrorism since the Second World War.
The Ulster Defence Regiment has its own Memorial located at the Ulster Ash Grove within the Arboretum. The Memorial is a rough edged Mourne granite stone with smooth centre showing gold regimental crest at the top and dedication in black incised lettering below. The stone stands on small rough edged base.
To the rear of the Memorial are a number of small individual memorial bricks. These have been purchased by the families of Ulster Defence Regiment soldiers, and Association Branches, to those who served and have passed away, both during and after their service.
Initially these stones were laid on the ground, however, due to their positioning
they deteriorated and required restoration. The Regimental Association, in a one of gesture, without prejudice, raised funds to have the bricks restored and re-laid into a raised base. This was achieved and dedicated by a short service on 25th September 2021.
The Ulster Defence Regiment CGC Memorial Parade is a pathway through the Ulster Ash Grove. The Regimental Headquarters and each of the former Battalions has its own stone along the path. There are 16 in total.
Beside the Memorial Stone, and along the Memorial Parade are two granite seats. These were donated by Lisburn and Portadown Branches of the Association.