Tower Hill Memorial / Merchant Navy Memorial

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Tower Hill




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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Composite
  • Metal Metal (any)
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Looked after by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.World War I memorial by Sir Edwin Lutyens. Stone collonade bears plaques with names of lost vessells. Sunken garden behind added after WWII. Walls surrounding garden bears tablets with names of lost vessels. Inscription is guarded by sculpted figures of an officer and a seaman of the merchant service. See the Links section below for a searchable database of the names on the memorial on the London Remembers website. This entry covers both the first and second world war elements, though these are separately listed by Historic England, WW1 as Grade 1 (number 1260087) and WW2 as Grade 2* (number 1031597)
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1914-1918/ To the glory of God/ and to the honour of/ twelve thousand/ of the merchant navy/ and fishing fleets/ who have no grave but the sea. [line spacing unknown]1939-1945. the twenty-four thousand of the merchant navy and fishing fleets whose names are honoured on the walls of this garden gave their lives for their country and have no grave but the sea.

Grade I (England)

1260087 (WW1) 1031597 (WW2)

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