Plymouth Royal Naval Memorial To The Missing.

WM reference
25705
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period
Creator
Ceremony
  • Unveiled : July 1924
  • Rededicated : May 1954
Current location

The Hoe
Plymouth
Plymouth
Devon
PL1 2PJ
England
OS Grid Ref.: SX 47739 53932
Denomination: Undefined

Description

MASSIVE 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 SHELETERED 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

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/ GENERAL ACTIONS/ AT SEA/ HELIGOLAND/ 31 AUGUST 1914/ CORONEL/ 1ST NOVEMBER 1914/ FALKLAND ISLANDS/ 8TH DECEMBER 1914/ DOGGER BANK/ 24TH JANUARY 1916/ 31ST MAY 1916/ ALL THESE WERE HONOURED IN THEIR GENERATIONS/ AND WERE THE GLORY OF THEIR TIMES IN HONOUR OF THE NAVY AND TO THE ABIDING MEMORY OF THESE 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 AND THEIR COMRADES OF AUSTRALIA SOUTH AF-/ RICA NEWFOUNDLAND INDIA PAKISTAN CEYLON FIJI GOLD COAST HONG KONG KENYA/ MALAYANIGERIA SIERRA LEONE AND BURMA WHOSE NAMES ARE HERE RECORDED

Inscription legible?

Yes

Names on memorial

None recorded

Subject/Period

First World War (1914-1918)
Total names on memorial: 7256
Served and returned: 0
Died: 7256
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename
Order of information: surname

Subject/Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 15935
Served and returned: 0
Died: 15935
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,rank,regiment,forename
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

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

Ceremony

Unveiled
Date: July 1924
Attended by: HRH PRINCE GEORGE

Ceremony

Rededicated
Date: May 1954
Attended by: HRH PRINCESS MARGARET

History

Four bronze name panels were stolen Jy 2008. two were recovered undamaged, and it was planned to refix them in Nov. 2008. The other two, cut up, were to be recast and replaced in 2009

Costs

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

Trust fund/Scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Other
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

COMMONWEALTH WAR GRAVES COMMISSION

Notes

CWGC INFORMATION SHEET

Reference

Our Blog http://ukniwm.wordpress.com/2008/07/03/thieves-target-plymouth-naval-memorial/

Reference

Carter Postcard Collection

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