Portsmouth Naval Memorial

While on a quick trip to Portsmouth I found the Naval Memorial at Southsea quite by accident but did not have a lot of time to really photograph it better than I could in the short time I had. It is a daunting memorial, the plaques on it seem to be endless, and there are 24599 names on it.The loss of a single ship could involve the loss of hundreds of men at a time, and there are no physical graves for most on this memorial.


The Memorial is on the Southsea Common overlooking the promenade, and can be seen from a long distance. Ships pass it on their way to the naval dockyard and it is an imposing site. There are similar memorials at Chatham (18627 names) and Plymouth (23210 names).

All These were Honoured in Their Generations
and were the Glory of Their Times

Unveiled in 1924, the First World War memorial was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer with sculpture by Henry Poole. The Second World War extension, unveiled in 1953, was designed by Sir Edward Maufe, with sculpture by Charles Wheeler, William McMillan, and Esmond Burton. (https://www.warmemorialsonline.org.uk/memorial/1027320)

Portsmouth Naval Memorial was designed not only as a memorial, but also as a leading mark for shipping. In the image below the memorial is the white tower with the greenish ball on top of it. 

Google Earth co-ordinates are:  50.782507°,  -1.095661°

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