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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Tower Hamlets
Town
Tower Hill
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
SIR EDWIN LUTYENS, Sir Reginald Blomfield RA, SIR EDWARD MAUFE R.A., Charles Wheeler RBSA
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 12 December 1928
    Attended by: HM QUEEN MARY
  • Rededicated
    Date: 5 November 1955
    Attended by: HM QUEEN ELIZABETH II
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
12636
Current location

South side of square
Trinity Square Garden
Trinity Square
Tower Hill
Tower Hamlets
Greater London
EC3N 4AL
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 33504 80712
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Stone colonnade bearing bronze plaques with the names of Merchant Navy lost according to vessel. Columns flanking three entrances surmounted by pediment with WW1 dedicatory inscription. Stone of Remembrance with WW2 dedicatory inscription facing colonnade, flanked by two pillars with sculpted figures at front. Figure on left depicts an officer and figure on right depicts a seaman. Two pillars with wreaths in relief on external face and Merchant Navy badges in relief on internal face. Steps lead to semi-circular sunken garden with wall. Interior wall bears 130 bronze plaques with names of casualties according to vessel. Sculpted allegorical figures of the Seven Seas placed at intervals between plaques of names. Mariners' compass engraved in bronze at centre of garden. Benches placed throughout garden area.
Inscription
Pediment of colonnade: 1914-1918/ TO THE GLORY OF GOD/ AND TO THE HONOUR OF/ TWELVE THOUSAND/ OF THE MERCHANT NAVY/ AND FISHING FLEETS/ WHO HAVE NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA. Panels on colonnade: (Names) Stone of Remembrance: 1939-1945. THE TWENTY-FOUR THOUSAND OF THE MERCHANT NAVY AND FISHING FLEETS/ WHOSE NAMES ARE HONOURED ON THE WALLS OF THIS GARDEN/ GAVE THEIR LIVES FOR THEIR COUNTRY/ AND HAVE NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA Panels along wall: (Names)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 12000
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 12000
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,regiment
    Order of information: regiment
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 24000
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 24000
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,regiment
    Order of information: regiment
Components
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Colonnade
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Stone of remembrance
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Pillar
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Figure
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
  • Garden
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
  • The Mercantile Marine First World War Memorial
  • Grade I
  • 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
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
CWGC
Reference

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

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