Marines Air Raid Memorial


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Reference WMO261724

Address:

Fort Cumberland

Fort Cumberland Road

Eastney

Portsmouth

PO4 9LD

England

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Status: On subsequent site(s)
Type: Non freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: From http://www.memorialsinportsmouth.co.uk/others/fort-cumberland/index.htm 'During the air raid on 26th August 1940, the Luftwaffe droppped 78 bombs on Fort Cumberland which was then being used as an overflow base for the Royal Marines - the main barracks a mile to the West being full. Only one of the bombs caused loss of life, when it hit a perimeter room. The memorial to the men who lost their life in that raid was erected on the spot they died. Many years later the memorial was removed, possibly after it had been damaged. The reason for this may have been that the memorial had been mounted on a gate pillar which was regularly struck by vehicles entering or leaving the barracks. Either that memorial or a copy was subsequently removed to the Royal Marines Barracks where it remains to this day. In 2004 it was decided that a replacement memorial should be erected in its original position and a further copy was sought from the supplier of the first and it was dedicated on the 18th July. '
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IN MEMORY OF THE OFFICERS AND MARINES KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION IN FORT CUMBERLAND ON 26th AUGUST 1940, DURING THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN

TEMP 2ND LT C.B. HOBHOUSE TEMP 2ND LT H.G. JAMESON TEMP 2ND LT E.A.P. HILLAND TEMP 2ND LT A.T.C. HOCKING TEMP 2ND LT P.W. FITZJOHN MARINE HAROLD WATSON MARINE D.J. HOPKINS MARINE B.J. COOKE

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