Southsea Royal Naval Memorial To The Missing

WM reference
21338
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : 16th October 1924
  • Rededicated : 29th April 1953
Current location

Southsea Common
Clarence Esplanade
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO5 3AE
England
OS Grid Ref.: SZ 63842 98487
Denomination: Undefined

Description

STONE OBELISK SUPPORTED BY FOUR CORNER BUTTRESSES WITH A LION COUCHANT. TOWARDS THE TOP THE TOWER BRANCHES OUT IN THE FORM OF FOUR SHIPS PROWS. ABOVE THEM ARE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE FOUR WINDS, WHICH IN TURN ARE SURMOUNTED BY A LARGE COPPER SPERE SYMBOLISING THE GLOBE. 1939-1945 EXTENSION TAKES THE FORM OF A WALLED SUNKEN GARDEN TO THE LANDWARD SIDE OF THE OBELISK. NAMES ON 58 BRONZE PANELS. SCULPTED FIGURES DEOPICT TWO SAILORS ON WATCH, A ROYAL MARINE AND A MEMBER OF THE MARITIME REGIMENT OF THE ROYAL ARTILLERY.

Inscription

Plaque 1: 1914 - 1918/ 1939 - 1945/ IN HONOUR OF THE NAVY AND TO THE ABIDING MEMORY OF THOSE/ RANKS AND RATINGS OF THIS PORT WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE/ DEFENCE OF THE EMPIRE AND HAVE NO OTHER GRAVE THAN THE SEA Plaque 2: GENERAL ACTIONS/ AT SEA/ HELIGOLAND/ 31 AUGUST 1914/ CORONEL/ 1ST NOVEMBER 1914/ FALKLAND ISLANDS/ 8TH DECEMBER 1914/ DOGGER BANK/ 24TH JNAURY 1916/ 31ST MAY 1916 Plaque 3: ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN THEIR GENERATIONS/ AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES/ SINGLE SHIP ACTIONS/ HMS CARMANIA S.M.S. CAP TRAFALGAR/ 19.9.1914/ HMAS SYNEY S.M.S. EMDEN/ 9.11.1914/ HM SHIPS SEVERN & MERSEY S.M.S. KONIGSBERG/ 6 & 11.7.1915/ HM SHIPS SWIFT & BROKE GERMAN T.B.Ds/ 21.4.1917 Plaque 4: In 2 columns 1) ACTIONS WITH ENEMY/ LAND FORCES/ BELGIAN COAST/ DARDANELLES/ 2) TSINGTAO/ SUEZ-CANAL/ ZEEBRUGGE/ OSTEND Plaque 5:THE PORTSMOUTH NAVAL MEMORIAL/ (...) The memorial commemorates officers ranks and ratings of this Port who died at sea during the wars 1914-1918 and 1939-1945. Actions in which they fought and are recorded in the registers and on the memorial itself. Plaque 6: 1914-1918 1939-1945/ ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN/ THEIR GENERATIONS/ AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR/ TIMES Plaque 7: THESE RANKS AND RATINGS/ DIED ON SHORE BUT HAVE NO/ KNOWN GRAVE

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

None recorded

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 9666
Served and returned: 0
Died: 9666
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename
Order of information: surname

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 14921
Served and returned: 0
Died: 14921
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname
Order of information: surname

Component

Plaques / Panels with names
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Bronze
Listed?: No

Component

Figures
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Component

Pillar
Condition: Good
Measurements: Undefined
Materials: Stone - Portland
Listed?: No

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: 16th October 1924
Attended by: HRH THE DUKE OF YORK KG

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: 29th April 1953
Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER

History

2002: REPLICAS OF THE FIGURES REPLACED THE FOUR ORIGINAL STATUES AS THEIR FEATURES HAD WEATHERED AWAY (£70000)

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Corporate
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

Notes

CWGC INFORMATION SHEET

Reference

Unidentified Newspaper/Magazine 5 May 2007

Reference

Other website http://tinyurl.com/8cn647p

Reference

The Times 27 March 1989 Research has identified three names of Free French who enlisted in Royal Navy under assumed names to avoid reprisals against their families in occupied France.

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

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