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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Portsmouth
Town
Portsmouth
County
Hampshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945), 20th Century Wars (1900-1999), 21st Century Wars (2000-Present)
Maker
CHARLES SARGEANT JAGGER, MESSRS GIBSON AND GORDON
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: C. December 2012
    Attended by: RELATIVES/FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN
  • Unveiled
    Date: 19th October 1921
    Attended by: FM HRH Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught KG
  • Rededicated
    Date: 2003
    Attended by: RELATIVES/FRIENDS OF THE FALLEN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
21430
Current location

GUILDHALL SQUARE
GUILDHALL
Portsmouth
Portsmouth
Hampshire
England

OS Grid Ref: SU 650 010
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
CENTRAL RAISED CENOTAPH SURMOUNTED BY A STONE CASKET. BEHIND IS A SEMI-CIRCULAR WALL BEARING NAMES OF THE FALLEN ON BRONZE PANELS. ENTRANCE IS FLANKED BY PEDESTALS BEARING SCULPTED FIGURES REPRESENTING SEATED ARMY VICKERS GUNNER (LEFT) AND ROYAL NAVY LEWIS GUNNER (RIGHT). 'PEACE OR CONFLICT' TABLET MOUNTED TO FRONT PEDASTAL OF ARMY VICKERS GUNNER FIGURE. CENOTAPH SURMOUNTED BY AN URN. RELIEF PANELS ON EACH FACE OF THE CENOTAPH DEPICTING WARTIME SCENES. Stone panels with the names of fallen WW2 military personnel have been added to the memorial, together with the names of 610 Portsmouth residents who died during WW2
Inscription
Cenotaph: THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY THE PEOPLE OF PORTSMOUTH IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF THOSE WHO IN THE GLORIOUS MORNING OF THEIR DAYS FOR ENGLAND'S SAKE LOST ALL BUT ENGLAND'S PRAISE. MAY LIGHT PERPETUAL SHINE UPON THEM / THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED BY THE PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION IN HONOUR OF PORTSMOUTH'S SONS WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918 / IN MEMORY OF THOSE WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR II 1939-45. (EXACT LINE SPACING UNKNOWN) Pedastal of Vickers Gunner, Tablet: TO HONOUR ALL THOSE WHO DIED/ SERVING THEIR COUNTRY IN/ TIMES OF PEACE OR CONFLICT/ 'WE WILL REMEMBER'
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 4500
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4500
    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: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • 20th Century Wars (1900-1999)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • 21st Century Wars (2000-Present)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Cenotaph
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
  • Wall
    Measurements: height 22FT
    Materials: Undefined
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone, Bronze
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
Listing information
  • City of Portsmouth War Memorial
  • 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
2003: Addition of 'Peace or Conflict' Tablet to pedastal of Army Vickers figure. OCTOBER 1984 SURVEY: SOME BRONZE STAINING. OPEN JOINTS IN MASONRY AT RANDOM AREAS. SOME EDGES OF DEFECTIVE STONE AND STONE PAVINGS AT RANDOM INFORMATION TAKEN FROM SURVEY CARRIED OUT BY PORTSMOUTH CITY MUSEUMS DEPARTMENT AND DEPARTMENT OF ARCHITECTURE AND CIVIC DESIGN IN 1984. SEE FILE FOR COMPLETE INDEXED DOCUMENT WITH 59 ENTRIES, INCLUDING THOSE RELATING TO NON-MILITARY MEMORIALS IN THE CITY. CONDITION ASSESSMENTS TRANSFERRED DIRECTLY: A = URGENT = POOR. B = LIMITED REQUIREMENT = AT RISK. C = SOUND = GOOD 2007: Vandalised for the third time
Costs

Site: £20,000
Memorial: £2500

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: £10K TO ROYAL PORTSMOUTH HOSPITAL
Sponsorship
Public
Reference

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