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Memorial details

Memorial type
Trophy / Relic
District
Portsmouth
Town
Southsea
County
Hampshire
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 6th June 1948
    Attended by: FIELD MARSHAL VISCOUNT MONTGOMERY OF ALAMEIN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
21431
Current location

Eastney Esplanade
Southsea
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO4 9RG
England

OS Grid Ref: SZ 65372 98214
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
A square concrete anti-invasion obstacle with an incised dedication in black lettering.
Inscription
IN 1940, FRANCE AND OTHER LOW COUNTRIES HAVING BEEN OVER-RUN, WE LABOURED ALONE TO OBSTRUCT OUR COASTS WITH SUCH BLOCKS AS THESE AGAINST INVASION BY THE ENEMIES OF FREEDOM. YET ON "D-DAY" FROM THIS VERY BEACH, IN THE COMPANY OF POWERFUL ALLIES, MANY THOUSANDS OF OUR MEN EMBARKED ON THE GREAT ADVENTURE OF LIBERATING EUROPE, AND ACHIEVED THEIR OBJECTIVE. [Exact line spacing unknown]
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • 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
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Concrete
Listing information
Condition
History
SURVEYED SEPTEMBER 1984 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
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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