DDNF Memorial Window, Portsmouth Cathedral

The window is dedicated to all those who served in the combined land, sea and air forces of the Allies in Operation OVERLORD.

It was produced for the DDNF by Carl Edwards (1914-85), a distinguished designer and maker of stained glass, and is located in the upper lancet window of the south transept of the medieval church, re-dedicated in 2002 as the Cathedral’s Chapel of Healing and Reconciliation.

In the central column of the Fellowship’s window are the emblems of the Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force, 21st Army Group, Second Army and First American Army. Down the left hand side are represented Great Britain, Canada, France, Norway, Greece and Czechoslovakia. On the right hand side are the United States, Australia, New Zealand, The Netherlands, Poland and Belgium. The emblems at the foot of each column represent the Army, Royal Navy, and Royal Air Force.

At the bottom of the window are the words of the famous prayer of Sir Francis Drake: ‘O Lord God, when thou givest to thy servants to endeavour any great matter, grant us also to know that it is not the beginning, but the continuing of the same until it be thoroughly finished, which yieldeth the true glory.’

The Memorial Window was unveiled by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, and dedicated by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Robert Runcie, who won the MC whilst serving with the Scots Guards during the campaign in North-West Europe.

The two stained glass windows below the DDNF window in the Chapel of Healing and Reconciliation are a memorial to Admiral Sir Bertram Ramsay, who commanded the naval forces in the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940 and the invasion of Normandy in 1944, and to all those who died in these operations.

DDNF Memorial Window