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Memorial details

Memorial type
Composite
District
Portsmouth
Town
Portsmouth
County
Hampshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Non-Combat Deaths, Non-Specific Conflict, First World War (1914-1918)
Ceremony
  • Rededicated
    Date: 2003
    Attended by: Relatives/friends of the fallen
  • Foundation Stone
    Date: 25 May 1921
    Attended by: Mrs John Timpson, Mayoress
  • Unveiled
    Date: 19 October 1921
    Attended by: Field-Marshal HRH Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught KG
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Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
21430
Current location

Guildhall Square
Portsmouth
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 2DU
England

OS Grid Ref: SU 64052 00229
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Exedra with semi-circular screen enclosing a sunken area. Ten large rectangular plaques bearing names of the dead are attached to the inside of the screen. A smaller ornate plaque with inscription is attached to the screen at the midpoint. On the screen, above the plaques is an inscription. There are two round-arched openings in the screen each with wrought-iron gates. At either end of the screen is a segmental rusticated niche with bronze-painted urn and stone seat. Above the niche is an ornate carved trophy surmounted by a crown. In the centre is a cenotaph on three stone steps. Cenotaph is surmounted by a Greek cornice and stone casket. Each side has a relief carving depicting wartime scenes. Small metal plaque on front of cenotaph. A curved balustrade partially encloses the front. The entrance is flanked by stone pedestals, each with seated sculptural figure. To the south is a sailor with Lewis gun and to the north is a soldier with Vickers gun. Small metal inscription plaque on each stone pedestal. Stone tablet with inscription on front of soldier pedestal. Note: where 'Army' or 'Navy' appear beside a name, this person's name is recorded with his brother(s) who appear immediately above his. WMR 21430 is located adjacent to WMR 96619 City of Portsmouth WW2.
Inscription
Screen: 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 Cenotaph: THIS STONE WAS LAID BY/ THE MAYORESS/ MRS JOHN TIMPSON./ ON THE 25TH MAY 1921./ Saml. Salter/ Builder/ J.S.Gibson &/ W.S.A.Gordon./ Architects Sailor pedestal: THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED/ BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION/ IN HONOUR OF PORTSMOUTH'S SONS/ WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR 1914-1918./ COUNCILLOR JOHN TIMPSON K.S.T. J.P./ MAYOR 1918-1921 Soldier pedestal plaque: THIS WAR MEMORIAL WAS UNVEILED BY/ FIELD-MARSHAL HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS/ THE DUKE OF CONNAUGHT. K.G./ ON THE 19TH OCTOBER 1921. Soldier pedestal tablet: TO HONOUR ALL THOSE WHO DIED/ SERVING THEIR COUNTRY IN/ TIMES OF PEACE OR CONFLICT/ WE WILL REMEMBER
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Abbingdon, J
Abbinnett, A E
Abbott, G F
Abery, A
Abraham, A H
Abraham, F W
Abraham, G H
Abraham, W J
Abrams, F G
Abrams, H J
See details for all 4737 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 4737
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 4737
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: service, surname, initials
    Order of information: service, surname, initials
  • Non-Specific Conflict
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
  • Non-Combat Deaths
    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: Stone - Portland
  • Wall
    Measurements: height c6700 mm
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Figures
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
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
1970s - front of war memorial was reconfigured when the Guildhall was redeveloped. Further information on the listing record. 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 2003: Addition of 'Peace or Conflict' Tablet to soldier pedestal. 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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