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The Guards’ Chapel

The Guards’ Chapel


70th Anniversary of The destruction of the Guards' Chapel

On Sunday the 22nd June 2014, the Guards' Chapel held a special service to commemorate 70 years since the bombing of the Royal Military Chapel (Guards' Chapel) destroying most of the building killing 124 people, and injuring 102. The destruction of the Chapel was the largest single incident of the V1 rockets by Hitler, before the realignment was introduced of the air defence capabilities to counter these terrifying weapons.

Commemoration Service

People and Monuments remember

Padre Nigel Kinsella leads prayers

The Bishop of London in Procession

The Bishop of London leading the sermon


Sgt Fred Barrett leads the choir

Padre Kevin Bell - Snr Chaplain, Household Division

The Congregation listening intently

Mr Keith Lewis - The last known survivor

Mr Keith Lewis - Survivor and Gentleman

Surviving soldier was singing with the choir when the bomb struck, pictured here with the current choir

Major-General Smyth-Osbourne CBE, presenting the Guards' Chapel paining to the survivor

Padre Kevin Bell with the bereaved families


Aftermath of the 1944 Bombing

Memorial Sunday with the Chapel ruins behind circa. 1950s

Chapel in 1892 - Before the bombing

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