Carpenter firm honoured to play part in new historic war memorial

New war memorial

British War Memorial - Credit: Kiran Ridley

A South Devon company played a major role in making an historic new war memorial.

The British Normandy Memorial was unveiled on June 6, the 77th anniversary of D-Day.

It is near the village of Ver-sur-Mer in Normandy, France and is dedicated to soldiers who died under British command during the Normandy landings

Totnes based company Carpenter Oak played a part in its construction. Carpenter Oak specialise in creating unique timber structures and worked with the Normandy Memorial Trust to design, handcraft and erect the pergola structure that covers the impressive stone columns, engraved with the names of over 22,000 Allied Forces personnel who lost their lives.

They also made a number of bespoke benches, offering visitors a place to sit and reflect whilst overlooking the vast Gold Beach.

Adam Milton, founding director at Carpenter Oak managed the project and said: “It was an honour to work with the engineers and architects and bring our expertise in oak to help them achieve their vision and create this historical landmark.

"This is one of those projects I’m immensely proud to have been involved in – a place to take the grandchildren one day.”


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