After the First World War the Admiralty decided that each of the three manning ports in Great Britain – Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham – should have an identical memorial in the form of an obelisk which would also serve as a landmark for shipping. The memorials were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer.
The Plymouth memorial is on Plymouth Hoe and bears the names of 7,000 sailors who have no grave but the sea. It was unveiled in 1924 by Prince George. After the Second World war a sunken garden was added with plaques commemorating a further 16,000 men.
Lewisham Residents on this memorial include:
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