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.
Desert Rat Memorial Appeal
We are in the process of raising funds as part of the first stage to move the Desert Rats Memorial from World War Two from the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, pictured below, to the National Arboretum, Staffordshire and expand it to remember the men who have worn the Desert Rat since the war. The memorial was originally placed in Berlin after the end of WW2 and later moved to Sandhurst for safekeeping, where it now stands just inside the main gate. Here it is safe, but not open to the general public.
The figure of £5,000 is the first stage of a three to four year project and we will be organising many other events over the year and years ahead to raise more funds.
If you wish to make a donation you can do so via the Just Giving website, or direct to the Association, by Cheque via the Treasurer or PayPal, to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Treasurer will be pleased to help with any donations.
History of War Magazine
Two 'Desert Rats'. Mr. Len Burritt and Mr. Alf Jackson have contributed to the lasted issue of the History of War Magazine (Issue 47), with tales of their experiences in the North African Campaign.
Len Burritt, recounts his time on the 7th Armoured Division from pre-war to the end of the campaign and provides valuable insight to this period of history as he was in Divisional HQ Signals. Alf Jackson tells of the discovery of Rommel's abandoned HQ
To buy a copy you can click on this image, which will take you to the Magazine's website
Calendar of Events 2018
Please see our calendar of events for 2018 here.
Annual General Meeting 2018
Notice to all members
Please note that the A.G.M. will be held on
Thursday 12th April 2018, starting at 10.00am
And will be held in the Schoolroom at
Forest Enterprise Headquarters
Would all members who are planning to attend please reply to the Secretary before 31st March 2018.
Sapper Thomas Campbell, RE
With sadness we must announce the death of Sapper Thomas Campbell, of 621 Field Squadron, RE. More information can be found on our newsletter page for 2018
Tomís funeral was on Wednesday February 7th at Hawkshead Parish Church. Cumbria.
Lt-Col Thomas Cole, 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
Having commemorated his 100th birthday in December 2017, the association has just been advised of the passing of Lt-Col Thomas Cole, 8th King's Royal Irish Hussars
Lt-Col Cole died on Tuesday, 6th February, peacefully at home.
The Association attended the funeral which was held at 2pm on Wednesday, 21st February 2018 at St Cuthbertís Church, Great Glen, Leicestershire LE8 9FE.
Castletown D-Day Centre Event, Weymouth.
The Association will have a stand and re-enactor at the two day event at the Castletown D-Day Centre, in Weymouth on 14th and 15th April 2018.
The location of the event can be found here.
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.
Would you like to donate to the association
Please click on the button below. You can use your PayPal account or Credit/Debit card.
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)
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