British troops who died during Operation Granby remembered at the National Memorial Arboretum

A memorial remembering the 47 British troops who died during the Gulf War has been unveiled.

The new Operation Granby memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

The new Operation Granby memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. Pic: Royal Air Force/Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright

This year is the 25th anniversary of the end of Operation Granby, as the liberation of Kuwait was officially known.

The new Operation Granby memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum

The new Operation Granby memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum. Pic: Royal Air Force/Ministry of Defence/Crown Copyright

Three pillars representing each of the Armed Forces surround a central stone with the image of the reverse of the Gulf Medal engraved in black granite on it.

There are also 47 pavers, each carrying the name of one of those who fell during the conflict.

A spokesperson said: “Beneath the centre stone, there are 48 poppies from the Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall in 2015, one for each of the fallen and one solitary poppy for all of the veterans who have passed away since the Gulf War.

“The memorial is aligned on a compass bearing of 302 degrees from true north – the bearing from Kuwait to the Arboretum.”

The Gulf War Memorial Trust raised the money for the new memorial. Their efforts were boosted by donations from the Kuwaiti Ambassador to London and the citizens of Kuwait which totalled £35,000.

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