Memorial maquette unveiled at the Houses of Parliament


31.01.2024 | Memorial News

In a poignant ceremony held yesterday in the esteemed office of the Right Honourable Penny Mordaunt, leader of the House of Commons, a significant step was taken towards commemorating the sacrifice of men who served in the West Africa Squadron. The focal point of this event was the unveiling of the maquette for the proposed memorial, a tangible symbol of remembrance and acknowledgment.

The ceremony drew the attention and attendance of numerous Members of Parliament, reflecting the collective commitment to preserving the memory of those who made the ultimate sacrifice. Among the distinguished MPs present was James Gray, representing North Wiltshire, whose personal connection to the cause adds a deeply emotional dimension to the event.

Unveiling of West Africa Squadron Memorial Maquette

Image © Alistair Thompson

Captain William Tucker, a distant relative of Mr. Gray, had lost his life while serving in the West Africa Squadron, a poignant reminder of the human toll in the pursuit of a noble cause.

The proposed memorial holds a special significance in shedding light on Britain’s crucial role in ending the Atlantic slave trade—a facet of history that, surprisingly, remains relatively unknown.

The collective sentiment among the MPs in attendance was one of support and endorsement for the memorial, with many expressing their belief that such historical narratives should find a place in the school curriculum.

This acknowledgment of Britain’s historical role not only pays tribute to the courage and sacrifice of those who served in the West Africa Squadron but also contributes to a broader understanding of the nation’s complex history.

The unveiling ceremony, witnessed by influential figures in the political landscape, underscores the importance of preserving and disseminating historical truths.

As the maquette stands as a testament to a chapter often overlooked, it serves as a catalyst for a more comprehensive and nuanced education, ensuring that the sacrifices made in the pursuit of justice are never forgotten.

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