Soviet War Memorial Trust
Who we are
The Soviet War Memorial Trust was established as a charity in May 2018 to carry on the excellent work started by the Soviet Memorial Trust Fund – the body that raised funds for the construction of a memorial to the more than 27 million citizens and service men and women of all the countries of the Former Soviet Union who died in achieving the Allied Victory in WWII.
Following a successful fundraising campaign, the memorial was installed in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, adjacent to the Imperial War Museum. It was unveiled on 9 May 1999 and the first wreath was laid by HRH The Duke of Kent, President of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
The bronze sculpture “Sorrowful” measures 3.5m high, 1.2m wide and 91cm deep. The semi-abstract figure holds aloft a bell which will forever remain silent in memory of those who died. The sculptor was Sergei Shcherbakov from Volgograd (formerly Stalingrad), where the statue was made.
The Soviet War Memorial Trust is recognised as a charity by HMRC, its Charity Reference Number is EW91910. Its charitable objects are:
For the public benefit, to commemorate the memory of the 27 million citizens and service men and women of all the countries of the Former Soviet Union who died in achieving the Allied Victory in WWII, in particular by:
a. Helping to preserve the memorial erected in the Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, Southwark, London; and
b. Organising and running appropriate commemorative and educational events.
Commemorative events are held three times per year:
Holocaust Memorial Day - 27 January
Victory Day – 9 May
The Covid pandemic has meant that we have not been able to run our usual series of events in recent months. However, we very much hope that things will be back to normal for the Remembrance Day event in November. Despite this the need to maintain the memorial continues so all donations, however small, will be very gratefully received.