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Memorial details

Memorial type
Cenotaph
District
Southampton
Town
Southampton
County
Hampshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), Malayan Emergency (1948-1960), Korean War (1950-1953), Mau Mau Uprising (1952-1960)
Maker
Sir Edwin Lutyens, Messrs Garret and Haysom
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: 2011
    Attended by: Unknown
  • Dedicated
    Date: 6 November 1920
    Attended by: Bishop of Winchester
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6 November 1920
    Attended by: Maj Gen J E B Seely
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2023
Current location

Entrance to park
Watts (West) Park
Above Bar Street
Southampton
Southampton
Hampshire
SO14 7DW
England

OS Grid Ref: SU 41919 12414
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Cenotaph tapering to a carved casket on which is the recumbent effigy of a dead solider. Carved lions flank the base of the casket on the east face. A cross of sacrifice is carved in relief on the north and south face. The east and west faces have the arms of southampton. Wreaths enclose emblems of army, navy, merchant marine and air force. To the west is a stone of remembrance and to the east two pillars, surmounted by fir cones (symbols of eternity). These are joined by a seat and wall, on which is the inscription. The names are incised on the north, south and west face of the cenotaph plinth. A wall of green glass panels flank the cenotaph and bear the names of the fallen. This wall was added in 2011.
Inscription
Cenotaph: OUR GLORIOUS DEAD/ (Names) Wall: (Names)
Inscription legible?
no
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 2368
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2368
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Surname, forename, middle name
    Order of information: Alphabetical by surname
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 927
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 927
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
  • Mau Mau Uprising (1952-1960)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,forename
    Order of information: surname
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Wall
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Glass
Listing information
  • Southampton Cenotaph
  • 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
History
2011: Glass wall with names added. 2005: Discussions taking place to construct a separate wall with the names, as they had become illegible. 2000: Weathering found to be exasperated by the stone used, which encloses a brick interior. 1999: WW2 names added 1995: Proposal to add WW2 names 1988: Weathering to inscription and names
Costs

Site: £10,000
Comments: £26-16-0 for cutting the letters for the names on the Cenotaph.

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Responsibility
Southampton borough council
Reference
  • Other website www.southampton.gov.uk/s-leisure/artsheritage/history/cenotaph.aspx 'Cenotaph - How the names got on the Memorial Wall' Dr Paul Everill and Dr A D Russel
  • City Archives, Southampton City Council, November 2011, 'Southampton's Fallen Heroes as inscribed on the walls of the Cenotaph in Watts Park'
  • Cornerstone, Vol 30, No1 2009, Page 11, 'Goodbyee- £7 a letter is too much to preserve war names' Laurence Weedy
  • Southampton Hants, 1998 Southampton's Cenotaph
  • Daily Telegraph 27 Oct. 2009 Article: 'War memorials left to fade and crumble'. Southampton's memorial names had become illegible, but it would be too expensive to re engrave them so a wall with names was planned.
  • The Legion page 63,2009 Autumn
  • At the going down of the sun: British First World War Memorials by Boorman, Derek 121 Source: Image Library NIWM Published: Sessions 1988 YORK

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