Cockleshell Heroes

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Address:

Southsea Rose Garden

Eastney Esplanade

Southsea

England

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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Stone of remembrance
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A square stone column with moulded cockleshell on its top and a plaque attached to its base. These gardens were the former training base for the Cockleshell Heroes.
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The Shipwrights Way This sculpture commemorates the 'Cockleshell Heroes'. During World War 2, thirteen Royal Marines volunteered for what they knew would be a dangerous mission. The men trained here, at the fort in front of you (now the Rose Gardens) and on the sea behind you, using collapsible canoes nicknamed 'cockles'. When the time was right, they travelled across the channel by submarine HMS Tuna and then canoed over 100 miles to Bordeaux harbour under cover of darkness, where they successfully mined the enemy's supply ships.

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