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 d’Honneur
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 d’Honneur 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.
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.
D-Day Dinner and Dance
We would like to thank everyone who came along to this event on 6th April 2019, had made it such a successful event. Many of you kindly took the time to thank us and tell what a great time you had, which is great news for us.
We will be adding some pictures of the event and possibly some videos as soon as we can and will update this post when they are available here.
We are the Desert Rats Association (Registered No.
1063575 under the Charities Act of 1960) and are raising money to build a
new Memorial to the men and women of the Desert Rats from 1940 to the
modern day, who have served this country in war and peace.
The new memorial will acknowledge the history of
the Desert Rats using the insignia of the Desert Rat. A stylised
sculpture, with a mechanised quality and speaking of the predominance of
armour used, both light and heavy, whilst representing the Desert Rat’s
The Jerboa will be; 1.64m high, 0.4m wide and 1.5m
long, made of flame-cut laminated 30mm thick Corten steel, and left with a
rust red finish. This will be placed on a stone plinth, with the sides
sloping at 45º, echoing angles used in some of the armour on tanks and
vehicles. The Plinth will have
the sides carved with a sand motif with letters incised. We suggest
“DESERT RATS” in a sans serif
Roman script fading in and out of the pattern, which suggests movement
through time, space and sand. We would like to keep the memorial as simple
as possible but, if required, any further information can be added to a
bronze plaque at the front.
We will use the Patina and Rust that will
naturally occur, as the rust from the Desert Rat is likely to run and
stain the plinth. We propose that this should be made into a feature by
carving shallow channels in the plinth, which would create red tracks of
rust signifying the blood spilt and given for victory.
The memorials will be positioned in an oval area with two crescent
shaped mounds. In section, echoing the desert landscape of the sand dunes,
steeper on one side than the other, covered in turf.
The memorial from the Royal Military Academy
Sandhurst will be placed on the higher of the two mounds with the Rat on
its plinth in the centre between. There will be a flat area running
through the middle of the memorial ground. The Rat will be orientated
towards El Alamein, Egypt, pointing towards the origin of the 7th Armoured
The images show an artist’s impression of the
memorial and Maquette of the design we have chosen.
No matter how small or large your donation, it
will all go toward honouring the memory of the men who have worn and
continue to proudly wear the Jerboa badge of the Desert Rats and have
served this country for over 80 years.
Desert Rats Association
use this QR code
or contact our Treasurer to donate by other methods.
Memorial Open Day June 2019
This year's open day and reunion for all Desert Rats past and present from the 7th Armoured Division, and from the 4th and 7th Armoured Brigades, will be held on Sunday 23rd June 2019, at the Memorial, High Ash, North of Mundford, Norfolk.
Time: 10:30 am to 15:30 pm, with a Memorial Service at 13:00 pm.
Entrance £3.50, with Children under 12 years of age free.
More details of the event can be seen below.
NB. All service personnel are subject to Operational requirements and stands subject to final confirmation
Please bring chairs if you can as we only have a limited number available
Remember this year is the 75th Anniversary of the Normandy Landings (D-Day - 6th June) and the campaign that followed and this event is held where the Desert Rats lived and trained before they left for Normandy and bloody battles that followed.
On 21st October 1940, Winston S. Churchill broadcast this speech to Occupied France.
|Click the picture above to go to the D-Day Anniversary 2019 and the D-Day Center websites.||Click the image above for a the history of 7th Armoured Division and the 4th Armoured Brigade's involvement on D-Day and the Battle of Normandy afterwards|
The Shores of Normandy, by Jim Radford
Supporting The British Normandy Memorial
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.
Why not join the association?
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