Submariners Memorial

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Reference WMO254155

Address:

National Memorial Arboretum

Naval Review

Croxall Road

Alrewas

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Brick Brick
  • Metal Metal (any)
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • First World War (1914-1918)
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A brick plinth with two sloping faces, each with a blue metal plaque affixed. One plaque commemorates submarines lost; the other Victoria Cross recipients from the Submarine Command. The first plaque is headed with the emblem of the Submariners Association above a central commemoration in the form of a quotation by Sir Winston Churchill. On each side of the commemoration are lists of submarines lost with their respective dates. The VC plaque incorporates the images of each of the recipients below a commemoration in the form of a passage from scripture flanked by depictions of the Victoria Cross and, in the centre, the emblem of the Submariners Association. The memorial is located in a grassed area in the Naval Review section. Individual plaques have commemorative panels, one of which (image provided) commemorates Lord Fieldhouse of Gosport, Admiral of the Fleet GCB, GBE and is decorated with the emblem of the Submariners Association. Also a list of submarines lost between 1904 and 1971.
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[Plaque 1]: LET US NOW PRAISE FAMOUS MEN, THE HEROES OF OUR NATIONS HISTORY, THROUGH WHOM THE LORD ESTABLISHED HIS RENOWN, AND REVEALED HIS MAJESTY IN EACH SUCCEEDING/ AGE. SOME THERE BE WHO HAVE LEFT A NAME BEHIND THEM TO BE COMMEMORATED IN STORY./ THERE ARE OTHERS WHO ARE UNREMEMBERED; THEY ARE THE DEAD, AND IT IS AS THOUGH THEY HAD NEVER BEEN BORN OR LEFT CHILDEN TO SUCCEED THEM./ NOT SO OUR FOREFATHERS, THESE WERE MEN OF LOYALTY, WHOSE GOOD DEEDS HAVE NEVER BEEN FORGOTTEN./ THEIR PROSPERITY IS HANDED ON TO THEIR DESCENDANTS, AND THEIR NATIONS WILL RECOUNT THEIR WISDOM, AND GODS PEOPLE WILL SING THEIR PRAISES./ ECCLESIASTICUS 44/ ROYAL NAVY VICTORIA CROSS RECIPIENTS SUBMARINE COMMAND/ [Names...with pictures]/ [Plaque 2]: IN MEMORY OF SUBMARINES LOST/ "OF ALL THE BRANCHES OF MEN IN THE FORCES THERE IS NONE THAT SHOWS MORE DEVOTION AND FACES GREATER PERILS THAN THE SUBMARINER./ I SHOULD LIKE YOU TO KNOW THAT VERY OFTEN YOUR EXPLOITS AND DEEDS CANNOT BE TOLD BECAUSE OF SECRECY. NOT ALONE DO I WATCH THESE FEATS OF YOURS IN/ THIS WAR, THEY ARE CLOSELY FOLLOWED BY THE WHOLE CABINET./ GREAT DEEDS ARE DONE IN THE AIR, AND ON THE LAND, NEVERTHELESS NOTHING SURPASSES YOUR EXPLOITS."/ "THERE IS NO BRANCH OF HIS MAJESTY'S FORCES WHICH IN THIS WAR HAS SUFFERED THE SAME PROPORTION OF FATAL LOSSES AS OUR SUBMARINE SERVICE./ IT IS THE MOST DANGEROUS OF ALL SERVICES. THAT IS PERHAPS THE REASON WHY THE FIRST LORD TELLS ME THAT ENTRY INTO IT IS KEENLY SOUGHT BY OFFICERS AND/ MEN./ I FEEL SURE THE HOUSE WOULD WISH TO TESTIFY ITS GRATITUDE AND ADMIRATION TO OUR SUBMARINE CREWS FOR THEIR SKILL AND DEVOTION, WHICH HAVE PROVED OF/ INESTIMABLE VALUE TO THE LIFE OF OUR COUNTRY."/ SIR WINSTON CHURCHILL/ 1901-1971/ [list of submarines in 4 columns]/ [Column 1, semi-colons added for clarity]: A1 18/03/1904; A5 16/02/1905; A8 08/05/1905; A4 16/10/1905; C11 14/07/1909; A3 02/02/1912; B2 04/10/1912; B5 08/06/1913; C14 10/12/1913; A7 16/01/1914; E9 18/10/1914; D5 03/11/1915; D9 25/11/1914; C31 04/01/1915; E10 18/01/1915; E15 17/04/1915; C33 04/08/1915; E13 19/08/1915; C29 29/08/1915; E7 04/09/1915; E20 06/11/1915; E6 26/ 12/1915; E17 06/01/1916; H6 19/01/1916; E5 07/03/1916; E24 24/03/1916; E22 25/04/1916; E18 24/05/1916; E26 03/07/1916; H3 15/07/1916; B10 05/08/1916; E4 15/08/2016; E41 15/08/1916; E16 22/08/1916; E30 22/11/1916; E37 30/11/1916; K19 29/01/1917; E49 12/03/1917; A10 17/03/1917; C16 16/04/1917; C34 17/07/1917; E47 20/08/1917; G9 16/09/1917; E36 19/10/1917; C32 22/10/1917; K1 13/11/1917; G8 14/01/1918; H10 19/01/1918; E14 28/01/1918; K4 31/01/1918; K17 31/01/1918; E50 01/02/1918; H5 02/03/1918; D3 12/03/1918; E1, E9, E19 03/04/1918/ [Column 2]: WE WILL REMEMBER THEM/ RESURGAM/ [Plaque 3]: IN LOVING MEMORY OF/ JOHN,/ ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET,/ LORD FIELDHOUSE OF GOSPORT,/ GCB, GBE./ LOYAL SERVANT OF HIS COUNTRY,/ GREAT SUBMARINER AND TRUE FRIEND./ FROM/ TONY AND BETTY WHETSTONE/ AND JOHN'S FAMILY.

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