Portsmouth War Memorial

Again this was one of those accidental discoveries that I made while heading towards the Historic Dockyard in Portsmouth. The site, which is close to the Guildhall Square  has two separate memorials in it, the dominant one is for  World War 1, while the smaller is for World War 2.

The Memorial may be described as: CENTRAL RAISED CENOTAPH SURMOUNTED BY A STONE CASKET. BEHIND IS A SEMI-CIRCULAR WALL BEARING NAMES OF THE FALLEN ON BRONZE PANELS. ENTRANCE IS FLANKED BY PEDESTALS BEARING SCULPTED FIGURES REPRESENTING SEATED ARMY VICKERS GUNNER (LEFT) AND ROYAL NAVY LEWIS GUNNER (RIGHT). ‘PEACE OR CONFLICT’ TABLET MOUNTED TO FRONT PEDASTAL OF ARMY VICKERS GUNNER FIGURE. CENOTAPH SURMOUNTED BY AN URN. RELIEF PANELS ON EACH FACE OF THE CENOTAPH DEPICTING WARTIME SCENES. Stone panels with the names of fallen WW2 military personnel have been added to the memorial, together with the names of 610 Portsmouth residents who died during WW2 (https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/21430)

It was created  by CHARLES SARGEANT JAGGER (Sculptor) and MESSRS GIBSON AND GORDON were the Architects. The medmorial was unveiled on 19th October 1921 and attended by: FM HRH Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught KG and relatives/friends of the fallen.

(1500 x 725)

World War Two Memorial.

Google Earth co-ordinates are:  50.798091°,  -1.092339°

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