Symbolism Historical usage. Until fairly recently, the United Kingdom had no national memorial to honor the nearly seven million service and civilian women who made a vital contribution during World War II. The Polish War Memorial is a war memorial in West London, England in memory of airmen from Poland who served in the Royal Air Force as part of the Polish contribution to World War II.It is in South Ruislip in the London Borough of Hillingdon beside the A40 road at the roundabout junction with the A4180 road. Originally planned to be next to statues of WW2 Field Marshals on south side of Whitehall. The oldest war memorial in the United Kingdom is Oxford University's All Souls College.It was founded in 1438 with the provision that its fellows should pray for those killed in the long wars with France. The statue of Sir Walter Raleigh was removed to make room and relocated to Greenwich. The Nizari Ismailis of the Alamut period (the Assassins) had made a secret roll of honor in Alamut Castle containing the names of the assassins and their victims.. Museum of London Archaeology Service monitored site of memorial during the excavation.