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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Rochester Upon Medway
Town
Chatham
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918), Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
SIR ROBERT LORIMER, HENRY POOLE ARA, Charles Wheeler RBSA, SIR EDWARD MAUFE R.A.
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: April 1924
    Attended by: HRH Prince of Wales KG
  • Unveiled
    Date: October 1952
    Attended by: HRH THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
31234
Current location

MOD LAND KNOWN AS THE GREAT LINES
Kings Bastion
Chatham
Rochester Upon Medway
Kent
ME4 4NA
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 76302 68000
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
TALL STONE OBELISK SUPPORTED BY FOUR CORNER BUTTRESSES EACH WITH A LION COUCHANT. SEMI-CIRCULAR WALL ON THE TOWN SIDE BEARS WW2 NAMES TOWARDS THE TOP THE OBELISK BRANCHES OUT IN THE FORM OF FOUR SHIPS PROWS. ABOVE THEM ARE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE FOUR WINDS AND ON TOP IS A LARGE COPPER SPHERE REPRESENTING THE GLOBE. WW2 WALL FLANKED BY TWO FIGURES OF RN SAILORS ON THE ALERT. SHELTER BUILDING HAS RELIFES OF SEA HORSES ON THE PEDIMENTS AND FIGURES OF ROYAL MARINE AND GUNNER OF THE MARITIME REGIMENT ROYAL ARTILLERY
Inscription
IN HONOUR OF THE NAVY AND TO THE ABIDING MEMORY OF THOSE/ RANKS AND RATINGS OF THIS PORT WHO LAID DOWN THEIR LIVES IN THE/ DEFENCE OF THE EMPIRE AND HAVE NO OTHER GRAVE THAN THE SEA
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 8515
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 8515
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: rank,year died,regiment,forename
    Order of information: regiment
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 10
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 10112
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - Portland
  • Plaques / Panels with names
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
Listing information
  • Chatham Naval 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
  • Carter Postcard Collection

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