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Thursday24 July 2014

Baca Architects unwraps war memorial

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Operation Frankton commemorated by sculpture

A war memorial designed by London-based Baca Architects has been unveiled in Bordeaux to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Operation Frankton.

The memorial is constructed out of four blocks of Portland stone showing the crests of the participating forces, tributes to those involved with the emblems of England, Scotland and Ireland, and a montage depicting the raid.  

More popularly known as ‘The Cockleshell Heroes’, the memorial makes reference to the ten Royal Marines who courageously raided enemy ships in France in November 1942. The project was funded and constructed as a joint Anglo-French venture.

Owen Lambert, project architect, said: “It was an honour to be involved in this wonderful commission bringing together a Franco-British team, uniting experience, knowhow and drive of today to create a beautiful and moving legacy to all those involved in bring peace to Europe.”

It is the fifth war memorial that Baca Architects has designed for HRH Royal Marines. Previous commissions have included the Lympstone Memorial, Falklands Islands Memorial and a memorial in the National Arboretum in Staffordshire.

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