Southampton Cenotaph

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Reference WMO/120533


Watts (West) Park

Above Bar Street




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Cenotaph
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
  • Korean War (1950-1953)
  • Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
About the memorial: Designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, with clear reference to the Whitehall Cenotaph, with a sculpted draped body on top. The incised names on the memorial became difficult to read and a decision was taken to address this by adding glass panels with the names of the fallen within the vicinity (2011).These panels included WW" names as well, the cenotaph having originally been WW1 only. The sequence of photographs suggests that there was deterioration between the 1990s and 2009. Cenotaph tapering to a carved casket on which is the recumbent effigy of a dead solider. Carved lions flank the base of the casket on the east face. A cross of sacrifice is carved in relief on the north and south face. The east and west faces have the arms of Southampton. Wreaths enclose emblems of army, navy, merchant marine and air force. To the west is a stone of remembrance and to the east two pillars, surmounted by fir cones (symbols of eternity). These are joined by a seat and wall, on which is the inscription. The names are incised on the north, south and west face of the cenotaph plinth. A wall of green glass panels flank the cenotaph and bear the names of the fallen.
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Report this comment lists all the WW1 names. Where a person has been researched the name will link through to their story. New names are being added all the time by the Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group. WW2 names will be researched in the future. Southampton Families and Friends Group April 2015

Grade I (England)


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