Military Officer (Dill) - Arlington, VA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
N 38° 52.849 W 077° 04.193
18S E 320456 N 4305587
Quick Description: The grave of Sir John Dill at Arlington National Cemetery.
Location: Virginia, United States
Date Posted: 9/12/2021 3:59:43 PM
Waymark Code: WM14YJY
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member PISA-caching
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Long Description:
Taken from the NRHP nomination form, "Sir John Dill Monument (#37 on sketch map) • Sir John Dill is the highest-ranking foreign military officer buried at ANC. He died while stationed in Washington in 1944, where he was assigned as chief of the British Joint Mission to the United States as senior British representative on the Combined Chiefs of Staff. Sir John Dill worked to secure cooperation between American and British Armed Forces, a contribution that was honored when he was knighted by King George VI in 1942. Before his assignment in the United States, Sir John Dill served in the First Battalion Leinster Regiment in South Africa, France during World War I, India, and Palestine in 1936 and 1937.

He was promoted to field marshal in 1941 and named chief of Imperial General Staff (Peters 2008:63-64). Constructed in 1944, Sir John Dill's grave is in Section 32 of ANC, one of only two equestrian statues in ANC. The inscription on the plinth below the statue reads: "Field Marshal Sir John Dill GGB CMG DSM LLD 1881-1944." Flanking the stairs leading up the knoll to the equestrian statue are two stone bollards with copper plaques. On one plaque is the text of the joint resolution recognizing the outstanding service rendered to the United States by Sir John and the other is the citation for the Distinguished Service Medal he was awarded posthumously.

The sculptor was Herbert Haseltine (1877-1962). The gravesite is also attributed to Lawrence G. White and Willis Bosworth, architects. Important landscape features are the walkway, paving, steps, cannon-bollards, memorial and statue, planting beds and trees, and open space."

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