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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
City Of London
Town
Temple
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Frederick Brook Hitch FRBS, A.H. Ryan-Tenison FRIBA, Parlanti's Ltd
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 15 December 1922
    Attended by: Adm Sir Hugh Sinclair KCB
  • Dedicated
    Date: 15 December 1922
    Attended by: Chaplain of the Fleet
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
11601
Current location

On wall of Embankment by Temple Steps near Blackfriars Bridge
Victoria Embankment
Temple
City Of London
Greater London
EC4
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 312 808
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Bronze relief panelling depicting four naval figures in the interior of a submarine contending against the inimical influences of the ocean, represented by figures attempting to trap it in a net. On the left is a plaque listing the submarines lost in 1914-1918 and on the right is a list of submarines lost from 1939 to 1945. To the left and right of the plaques are female figures representing Truth, and a blindfolded Justice. Under the centre panel is an oblong plaque showing a submarine cruising on the surface of the sea. Ornamental border includes the badge of the Royal Navy, some dolphins and the prows of boats.
Inscription
ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE BRITISH NAVY/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN SUBMARINES 1914-1918 & 1939-1945. Below plaque: 1914-1918 1939-1945 Additional plaque: NATIONAL SUBMARINE WAR MEMORIAL (1922)/ THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES THE MEMORIAL'S/ SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY AND THE CONTRIBUTION/ BY THE MEMBERS OF THE SUBMARINERS' OLD/ COMRADES, LONDON, IN THEIR DEVOTION TO/ THE UPKEEEP OF THIS MEMORIAL. UNVEILED BY/ PETER P. RIGBY, C.B.E .J.P.1st NOVEMBER, 1992.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Panelling
    Measurements: depth 5 in, height 8 ft, width 13 ft
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • The National Submariners' War Memorial, attached to the Embankment Wall
  • Grade II*
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
Original dates at top of inscription were 'August 1914- November 1918', with two panels for the names of of c fifty lost submarines. Conserved by Rupert Harris Conservation in 2002, and maintained annually by them (e-mail 7 Oct. 2011)
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
City of London Corporation
Reference
  • LONDON'S OPEN AIR STATUARY by GLEICHEN pp.114-5 Source: Image Library Published:LONGMAN'S, GREEN & CO 1928 LONDON ' An addition to the Embankment of no great artistic merit.'
  • STAND TO! pp53-56/ September 2012 Published:WESTERN FRONT ASSOCIATION 'Remembering the Great War on the Victoria Embankment, London', by Ray Westlake
  • The Times 16 Dec. 1922 pp. 14, 13. Report of dedication, and leader article.
  • The Times 7 Dec. 1922 pp.15,16. Description and photo of memorial
  • Illustrated London News 23 Dec. 1922 p.1028 Report and photos of dedication.
  • LONDON STATUES: A GUIDE TO LONDONS OUTDOOR STATUES AND SCULPTURE by BYRON, A p.358 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:CONSTABLE 1981 LONDON
  • Our Blog ukniwm.wordpress.com/2012/01/24/the-animals-war-memorial-dispensary/
  • BRITAIN'S MARITIME MEMORIALS & MEMENTOES by SAUNDERS, DAVID p.72 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:PATRICK STEPHENS LIMITED 1996 SPARKFORD The list of lost submarines runs from AE-1 (Sep. 1914) to XEII (March 1945)
  • Wikipedia en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Brook_Hitch

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