The Desert Rats Association
The Desert Rat
The Mark IV Cromwell Tank on the plinth is a replica of
"Little Audrey" 5 Able, "B" Squadron, 1st Royal Tank Regiment
The Memorial and main plaque inaugurated on the 23rd October 1998 by Field Marshal Lord Carver is located on the A1065 two miles north of Mundford, Norfolk, England. The additional plaque commemorating the Desert Rats of the 4th & 7th Armoured Brigades from 1945 to 2003 was added to the plinth and inaugurated during the Open Day on the 27th June 2004 in the presence of Brigadier Adrian Bradshaw, commanding 7th Armoured Brigade, and other senior officers from both brigades.
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.
It the 7th Armoured Brigade who are now the modern day Desert Rats, while the 4th Mechanized Brigade continues to wear the Black Rat, after since 2007, now worn by 4th Infantry Brigade since 2015. In 2015, the 7th Armoured Brigade was disbanded and the 7th Infantry Brigade created to still wear the Jerboa and carry on the traditions of the Desert Rats and the Desert Rats Association will continue to be associated with it.
Throughout its history the Division and the two Brigades not only consisted of Armoured units, but also Infantry, Artillery and Engineering units, plus other support units, all of whom are commemorated by this memorial.
Shoulder Flash of 4th Armoured Brigade
(1942 - 1948)
Shoulder Flash of 7th Armoured Division
(1938 - 1959)
Shoulder Flash of 7th Armoured Brigade
(1942 - 1946)
Badge of 7th Infantry Brigade
Badge of 4th Infantry Brigade
The President and Chairman, the Committee and the Trustees of The Desert Rats Association are delighted to announce that Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall has kindly agreed to extend her patronage of our association for a further five years.
Rod Scott, Chairman
13th August 2015
See the Commemoration here
This plaque was added in 2014 to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Normandy Landing and Campaign.
D-Day veterans to be awarded the Legion díHonneur
In conjunction with events to mark the 70th anniversary of the Normandy landings, the government of France has advised the Ministry of Defence that it wishes to award the Legion díHonneur to all surviving veterans. Please go to the MoD site to download the application form.
Hopefully, the French Government will one day extend this award to all those who now lie in cemeteries in France and to those veterans who survived the war and are now no longer with us.
collect as many as you can and then bring them to the association events
Post them to
the association Membership Secretary.
They can be
all types and sizes and leave them on the paper just tear off the
envelopes with a 8mm margin.
Target date is to collect NOW to June 2019
Has anyone got a 10ft or 20ft shipping/storage container they could donate to the Association, please?
It can be tatty, as long it can be locked and made water proof, we will be happy to have it.
Please contact the Treasurer or Mr. Rod Scott on 01359 270490.
Remembrance Sunday 2018
The Desert Rats Association, held a service of Remembrance at the Desert Rat Memorial, High Ash, on the A1065 between Mundford and Swaffham, Norfolk, on Sunday 11th November 2018, to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice that signified the end of the Great War. We would like to thank everyone who attended and made this event a very special day.
Photographs of the event will be available soon.
D-Day Dinner and Dance
The Desert Rats Association, in support of the 7th Armoured Division Memorial Fund (Registered No. 1063575 under the Charities Act of 1960), is proud to announce that on 6th April 2019, it will be holding a 1940's style Dinner and Dance to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy in 1994, at Lynford Hall, Hotel, Mundford, Norfolk, where the Association has negotiated special room rates for the event.
Grand County House Hotel Dinner and Dance
1940's Theme Dinner and Dance, to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings and the Battle of Normandy, in aid of the Charity we support. Please come and join us for a 1940's Theme Dinner and Dance to commemorate the links between the famous Desert Rats and Norfolk (which still exist), who were based nearby before sailing for the beaches of Normandy to take part in the momentous events of 1944. You will be able to enjoy the splendour of a wonderful Country House, which was also part of the story of D-Day, itself.
The evenings entertainment consists of:-
Period or Smart Dress, please.
a few points of note
Can any pilots please park their 'kites' on the front lawn!
Tanks welcome, but please do not mess up the grass (too much)!
Please park your Jeeps carefully!
you get there, (by tank, plane, parachute, staff car, jeep, etc), please
join us for a great evening out.
Price £44.00 per person
Start time 6.30pm for 7.00pm, with Carriages or
Staff Cars at 0.59 am.
Saturday, 6th April 2019.
NB. Tickets in advance only please, as they will
not available for sale on the door.
The association formed to look after the Memorial has no regular income and relies on donations which can be sent via our Treasurer, Ian Paterson, 21 Beech Grove, Little Oakley, Essex, CO12 5NN. Cheques should be made payable to Desert Rats Association.
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Below are photographs of the Memorial Erected by the Division in Berlin 1945, that now stands in the grounds of the Staff College at Royal Military Academy Sandhurst.
Help support the Desert Rats Association
If you buy a copy of Patrick Delaforce's latest book Churchill's Desert Rats in North-West Europe via this website, we will benefit from the sale.
The Memorial Site is on Trip Advisor now. Please give feedback if you visit the site.
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Are you aware that you can join the Desert Rats Association if you and/or a relative, served in the 7th Armoured Division or 4th or 7th Armoured Brigades from 1938 to today.
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Desert Rat Merchandise for sale.
If you are interested in any Desert Rat memorabilia, we have a range of items for sale via our eBay account
Please click here to view it.
If you wish to buy direct please contract our Treasurer.
A Brief History of the Desert Rats and Memorial. (Now with video links)
The Desert Rats Museum
Location of 7th Armoured Division (The Desert Rats) Memorial
Open Days and Events
Where Are You Now?
Locations of the 7th Armoured Division and 4th Armoured Brigade before the invasion of Normandy
Take a Virtual Tour of the High Ash and Shakers Wood Camp Area
Contents of Web Site
Tribute to the founder of 7th Armoured Division Memorial - Les Dinning
The History of the British 7th Armoured Division, plus the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigade, website
Visitors since 1st September 2006