TQ7668 : The base of the obelisk at the Chatham Naval Memorial

taken 7 years ago, near to Brompton, Medway, Great Britain

The base of the obelisk at the Chatham Naval Memorial
The base of the obelisk at the Chatham Naval Memorial
The Chatham Naval Memorial on Great Lines Heritage Park commemorates officers, ranks and ratings of the port of Chatham who died at sea during the First and Second World Wars. Actions in which they fought are recorded in the registers and on the memorial itself. There are similar memorials at Portsmouth and Plymouth which commemorate men and women from those manning ports.


After the First World War an Admiralty Committee decided that the three manning ports in Great Britain at Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth should each have an identical memorial of unmistakable naval form. This was to be an obelisk which would serve as a mark for shipping. The memorials were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer with sculptures by Henry Poole. The memorial at Chatham was unveiled by the Prince of Wales (later Edward VIII) on 26th April 1924. In 1946 it was decided that the existing naval memorials should be extended in order to commemorate the naval dead of the Second World War who had no grave. The extension was unveiled by the Duke of Edinburgh on 15th October 1952.

The names of over 18,500 men and women are recorded on the Chatham Naval Memorial. Of those some 8,500 died during the First World War and 10,000 during the second World War. All were buried or lost at sea and denied a known grave.
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Thursday, 24 April, 2014   (more nearby)
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Saturday, 26 April, 2014
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People, Events  Defence, Military 
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7629 6800 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:23.0201N 0:31.9206E
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OSGB36: geotagged! TQ 7628 6801
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