Plaque | War served | WW1

Vice Admiral Richard Bell Davies VC

Chelsea war monument Vice Admiral Richard Bell Davies VC

Erection date: 19/11/2015

Inscription

Squadron Commander Richard Bell Davies, Royal Naval Air Service.
19th November 1915

Laid into the ground on the west side of the war memorial. It's off-centre which suggests more plaques may be planned.

Site: Chelsea war monument (6 memorials)

SW1, Sloane Square

Believed to be the first war memorial erected on a public highway. At first sight just a simple stone cross on a plinth, but the whole base is octagonal and has many parts: 3 steps, 3 sections to the plinth and then the lower part of the cross has 3 subsidiary plinth-like sections. This simple monument, like many WW1 memorials, has been designed with care and style.

This memorial is a Cross of Sacrifice, originally designed to stand in Imperial War Grave Commission cemeteries abroad, or in cemeteries at home with more than forty British military burials (e.g. Queen's Road Cemetery Croydon). Blomfield designed it in a variety of sizes. We thank Duncan Youel for providing much of this information.

The VC plaques are arranged on the ground in a checkerboard pattern: reading left-right, down: Davies, Gribble, Cartwright, Boarke, Crutchley.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Vice Admiral Richard Bell Davies VC

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World War 1

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Squadron Commander Richard Bell Davies, VC

Squadron Commander Richard Bell Davies, Royal Naval Air Service. Born in Top...

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This section lists the subjects who helped to create/erect the memorial on this page:
Vice Admiral Richard Bell Davies VC

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Department for Communities and Local Government

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This section lists the other memorials at the same location as the memorial on this page:
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Chelsea war monument

Chelsea war monument

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George Cartwright VC

George Cartwright VC

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Julian Gribble VC

Julian Gribble VC

{Beneath a representation of the Victoria Cross medal:} Captain Julian Gribbl...

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Rowland Bourke VC

Rowland Bourke VC

{Beneath a representation of the Victoria Cross medal:} Lieutenant Rowland Bo...

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Victor Crutchley VC

Victor Crutchley VC

{Beneath a representation of the Victoria Cross medal:} Lieutenant Victor Cru...

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