The National Submarine War Memorial

This Memorial to Submariners of the Royal Navy who died in both World Wars, may be found on the Victoria Embankment of the Thames near Charing Cross, London.

It was created by Frederick Brook Hitch FRBS (Sculptor),  A.H. Ryan-Tenison FRIBA (Architect) and cast by E.J. Parlanti Foundry. It was unveiled on 15 December 1922, attended by: Adm Sir Hugh Sinclair KCB and dedicated by the Chaplain of the Fleet.

It is described as “Bronze relief panelling depicting four naval figures in the interior of a submarine contending against the inimical influences of the ocean, represented by figures attempting to trap it in a net. On the left is a plaque listing the submarines lost in 1914-1918 and on the right is a list of submarines lost from 1939 to 1945. To the left and right of the plaques are female figures representing Truth, and a blindfolded Justice. Under the centre panel is an oblong plaque showing a submarine cruising on the surface of the sea. Ornamental border includes the badge of the Royal Navy, some dolphins and the prows of boats.”  (https://www.iwm.org.uk/memorials/item/memorial/11601)

The dedication panels read:  ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE BRITISH NAVY/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN SUBMARINES 1914-1918 & 1939-1945. Below plaque: 1914-1918 1939-1945 Additional plaque: NATIONAL SUBMARINE WAR MEMORIAL (1922)/ THIS PLAQUE COMMEMORATES THE MEMORIAL’S/ SEVENTIETH ANNIVERSARY AND THE CONTRIBUTION/ BY THE MEMBERS OF THE SUBMARINERS’ OLD/ COMRADES, LONDON, IN THEIR DEVOTION TO/ THE UPKEEEP OF THIS MEMORIAL. UNVEILED BY/ PETER P. RIGBY, C.B.E .J.P.1st NOVEMBER, 1992.

The Royal Navy Submarine Museum in Gosport similarly has a set of memorials, and it is a very nice museum to visit. 

© DRW 2013-2018. Created 03/03/2013. Moved to blog 27/02/2014. moved to Musings 31/01/2021, expanded text and added better images. 

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