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Memorial details

Memorial type
Obelisk
District
Orkney
Town
Kirkwall
County
Orkney
Country
Scotland
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 11 October 2011
    Attended by: Ms Agnes McBarron, the Lord Lieutenant of Orkney, the Norwegian Consul, members of the Royal Navy
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
69382

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Current location

Near harbourmaster's depot
Royal Oak Memorial Garden
Old Scapa Road
Kirkwall
Orkney
Orkney
KW15 1SD
Scotland

OS Grid Ref: HY 44330 08575
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Grey granite obelisk on stepped plinth and pedestal with commemoration in black incised lettering.
Inscription
6 o'clock: TO THE/ GLORY OF GOD/ AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF/ THE 834 MEN/ OF/ HMS ROYAL OAK/ LOST IN SCAPA FLOW/ OCTOBER 14TH 1939/ THIS MEMORIAL/ IS ERECTED/ BY SURVIVORS, / FAMILIES/ AND FRIENDS OF/ THE ROYAL OAK/ ASSOCIATION AND/ ORKNEY ISLANDS/ COUNCIL/ AD 2010 3 o'clock: UNVEILED BY/ AGNES MCBARRON/ NEE MILLAR/ ON/ 11TH OCTOBER 2011/ IN THE PRESENCE OF/ ADMIRAL HOCKLEY/ FLAG OFFICER/ SCOTLAND/ & NORTHERN IRELAND 9 o'clock: HMS ROYAL OAK/ COMMEMORATES THE TREE NEAR BOSCOBEL/ IN WHICH CHARLES II/ HID AFTER HIS ESCAPE/FROM THE FIELD OF WORCESTER/ IN 1651/ SCUTUM REGIS/ (THE KING'S SHIELD)/ MOTTO: OLD BUT FIRM/ ROYAL SOVEREIGN CLASS/ BATTLESHIP/ BUILT BY DEVONPORT DOCKYARD/ BATTLE HONOURS/ JUTLAND 1918/ WITH HMS RESOLUTION/ TOOK PART IN/ TROOP LANDINGS AT/ LAPSEKI DARDANELLES / 1928 Plinth: HMS. ROYAL OAK 1916-39
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 0
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 0
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: Undefined
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Obelisk
    Measurements: height c.1830mm
    Materials: Granite
  • Plinth
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Granite
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: Donations from survivors, families and friends of the HMS Royal Oak Survivors Association. Gift of land and donation from Orkney Marine Services on behalf of Orkneys Islands Council,
Reference

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