Royal Oak Memorial Garden

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Reference WMO202653

Address:

Scapa

Kirkwall

Scotland

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Garden
Materials:
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Memorial garden to commemorate those lost with HMS Royal Oak in 1939. Contains a number of memorials and other features:1. Large ship’s anchor, painted black and supported by a stainless steel mount on a circular concrete base. 2. Large ship’s propeller, painted black and mounted on low concrete plinth. Set within gravel, enclosed by a circle of low timber posts. 3. Polished grey granite obelisk and base with inscriptions engraved and painted black. Supported by polished grey granite pedestal (single level). Memorial stands on small concrete base set within raised platform paved with flagstones, enclosed by a low flagstone wall topped with beach boulders. Access provided by ramp. 4. Large sculpture of the crest of HMS Royal Oak, apparently formed of concrete and painted. Mounted on stone base; set within bed of gravel on grass bank. 5. Four public benches and wooden picnic table. 6. Modern timber hut, part of which contains indoor display area with interpretation boards and memorials. Also contains wooden benches and picnic tables.
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[Obelisk:] HMS ROYAL OAK COMMEMORATES THE TREE NEAR BOSCOBEL IN WHICH CHARLES II HID AFTER HIS ESCAPE FROM THE FIELD OF WORCESTER IN 1651 SCUTUM REGIS (THE KING’S SHIELD) MOTTO: OLD BUT FIRM ROYAL SOVEREIGN CLASS BATTLESHIP BUILT BY DEVONPORT DOCKYARD BATTLE HONOURS JUTLAND 1916 WITH HMS RESOLUTION TOOK PART IN TROOP LANDINGS AT LAPSEKI, DARDANELLES 1920 TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN REMEMBRANCE OF THE 834 MEN OF HMS ROYAL OAK LOST IN SCAPA FLOW OCTOBER 14TH 1939 THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED BY SURVIVORS, FAMILIES AND FRIENDS OF THE ROYAL OAK ASSOCIATION AND ORKNEY ISLANDS COUNCIL AD 2010 UNVEILED BY AGNES McBARRON Nee MILLAR ON 14TH OCTOBER 2011 IN THE PRESENCE OF ADMIRAL HOCKLEY FLAG OFFICER SCOTLAND & NORTHERN IRELAND

Names of those lost are listed within timber hut.

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