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Memorial details

Memorial type
Shrine
District
Portsmouth
Town
Whale Island (HMS Excellent)
County
Hampshire
Country
England
Commemoration
First World War (1914-1918)
Maker
Mr N F Cachemaille-Day FRIBA, Donald Hoskings
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 9 September 1937
    Attended by: Countess Jellicoe
  • Dedicated
    Date: 9 September 1937
    Attended by: Chaplain of the Fleet Ven. Archdeacon A.D.Gilbertson CB, OBE, MA, KHCh, RN
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
49293
Current location

Against the northern wall of the nave opposite the altar- Special permission is needed to access this working naval base
St Barbara's Church
Whale Island (HMS Excellent)
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO2 8DX
England

OS Grid Ref: SU 63776 02639
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
Wooden cabinet with metal grille doors that open to reveal a scene in relief showing a battle fleet at sea with Christ on the cross in the top part. The whole is carved in wood. On each side of the cabinet is a brass plaque listing the names of naval gunners of all ranks killed in WW1. On the top part of the cabinet, centred on the main inscription, is a roundel with a portrait head of Admiral Jellicoe in silhouette.
Inscription
Top: BE STRONG AND OF A GOOD COURAGE/ BE NOT AFRAID NEITHER BE THOU/ DISMAYED FOR THE LORD THY GOD IS/ WITH THEE WHITHER SOEVER THOU GOEST Across top of carved panel showing battle fleet: GLORY TO GOD IN THE HIGHEST AND ON EARTH Left side panel, above names: DULCE ET Right side panel, above names: PATRIA MORI Left side panel, below names: AUG 1914 Right and panel, below names: NOV 1918 Foot of memorial: IN/SURE/AND/CERTAIN/HOPE
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Allen, H
Archdeacon, P
Arnsby, F
Back, E P C
Balcombe, J
Ballantyne, K
Barry, J
Bearman, W J
Best, W J
Blackman, G
See details for all 136 names
Commemorations
  • First World War (1914-1918)
    Total names on memorial: 136
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 136
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Initials of forenames, surname, decorations
    Order of information: Rank
Components
  • Shrine
    Measurements: height 3000MM, width 3000MM
    Materials: Wood
  • Plaques
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Brass
Listing information
  • HMS EXCELLENT: QUARTERDECK BLOCK (BUILDINGS NUMBERS 17 TO 21,24 AND 25)
  • 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
Costs

Memorial: £120-8-11

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other
Reference

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