Basra Memorial Wall

A special service is being held at the National Memorial Aboretum on Thursday 11th March to rededicate the Basra Memorial Wall, the monument created in Iraq to remember 178 British Soldier's killed in Iraq from 2003-2009.

The memorial was brought back to the UK in 2009 and then rebuilt at the Arboretum in Alrewas.

John JonesHowever this is mainly down to one woman from the Midlands who's son was killed in a road side bomb in Iraq in 2005. Carol Jones, from Hurley in North Warwickshire wanted the memorial created by her son John's colleagues to be brought back to the UK as a memorial for all the families who lost their loved ones in the Iraq War.

The memorial is hung with brass plaques listing each life lost during the operation out there. It also contains a central memorial plaque that was blessed by the Archbishop of Cantebury at the national service of commemoration for Iraq 2003-2009 at St Paul's Cathedral in October 2009 in the presence of Her Majesty The Queen, to signify the end of the war out there.