Gibraltar Stone commemorates Royal Marines

PUBLISHED: 13:00 12 March 2015 | UPDATED: 13:00 12 March 2015

The new Gibraltar Stone is unveiled on Woodbury Common.

The new Gibraltar Stone is unveiled on Woodbury Common.

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A new memorial to Royal Marines trained on Woodbury Common has been unveiled.

The Gibraltar Stone commemorates the troops who have trained on the common since 1940, and is an actual piece of the Rock of Gibraltar, donated by the people of Gibraltar last year.

The project is the brainchild of retired Royal Marine Lt Col Alastair Rogers.

He said: “I was walking on the common and I thought: I trained here and thousands of other people have trained here, yet there’s nothing on the common to show that we’ve done that. From now on, if you are a recruit at Lympstone, it will be part of your memories of training here.”

The stone overlooks the area which was covered by Dalditch Camp in World War Two, and also overlooks the modern day endurance course, which forms one of the Commando tests.

Funding for the project was provided by the Royal Marines’ Charitable Trust Fund, and the stone was laid with the consent of landowner Clinton Devon Estates and Natural England.

It was unveiled at a ceremony attended by dignitaries, including Gibraltarian MP the Honourable Neil Costa.

The marines have close links with Gibraltar. It was the scene of the corps’ most famous battle in 1704, and ‘Gibraltar is inscribed on the corps’ crest.

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