The Memorial consists of a row of eight granite panels, with individual names grouped under the Service, regiment or corps in which each was serving at the time of his death. The stonemasons from Perfitts in Diss, Norfolk — who have been building military memorials since 1834 — described it as “perhaps the best we have ever done”. In addition to the names, the Memorial bears the badges and names of each unit or Service — many being of historic regiments which are no more. “There is nothing else like that”, says stonemason director Keith Rackham. It was the first memorial ever to be erected anywhere in the world to remember that campaign, although there is now a ‘Cyprus Rock’ memorial that was dedicated at the National Arboretum in Staffordshire which was unveiled in August 2016.
In addition, a second memorial was unveiled in November 2014 at the old British cemetery in Kyrenia paid for by the Police Roll of Honour Trust in the UK to commemorate the 62 officers serving in the colonial police in the British colony of Cyprus who had died in the same conflict.
These consisted of British Colonial Police made up of British and Cypriots of Turkish and Greek origin, among others. The unveiling of this memorial to those who died in Cyprus is unique in many ways.
This project has been totally funded by the wider police family in the U.K. No government funds were asked for or indeed expected. While the principal object was to remember those who died that had volunteered and been part of the U.K. Policing Unit, it also commemorates all of the British colonial police deaths irrespective of race or origin.
Indeed arrangements were made to conduct translations of the service into Greek and Turkish during the ceremony and translation of the words “Lest we forget” are inscribed on each tablet commemorating the Turkish and Greek Cypriot deaths. No other memorial is known to have been erected in a former part of the Empire to remind us of those who served the Crown, in this case a diversity of people.