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 Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent, England


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Latitude: 51.38365507473391, Longitude: 0.5323004722595215

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After the First World War, an appropriate way had to be found of commemorating those members of the Royal Navy who had no known grave, the majority of deaths having occurred at sea where no permanent memorial could be provided. An Admiralty committee recommended that the three manning ports in Great Britain - Chatham, Plymouth and Portsmouth - should each have an identical memorial of unmistakable naval form, an obelisk, which would serve as a leading mark for shipping. The memorials were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, who had already carried out a considerable amount of work for the Commission, with sculpture by Henry Poole. It was unveiled on 26 April 1924. After the Second World War it was decided that the naval memorials should be extended to provide space for commemorating the naval dead without graves of that war, but since the three sites were dissimilar, a different architectural treatment was required for each. The architect for the Second World War extension at Chatham was Sir Edward Maufe (who also designed the Air Forces memorial at Runnymede) and the additional sculpture was by Charles Wheeler and William McMillan. Chatham Naval Memorial commemorates 8,517 sailors of the First World War and 10,098 of the Second World War.

The Memorial overlooks the town of Chatham and is approached by a steep path from the Town Hall Gardens. A copy of the Memorial Register is kept in the Naval Chapel of Brompton Garrison Church and may be consulted there.


Cemetery Photos

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CGWC Commemoration: BROADWAY, Albert William, D.S.M., RN (1918)
CGWC Commemoration: BROADWAY, Albert William, D.S.M., RN (1918)
This memorial marks thousands of people lost at sea during both wars. Albert was one of those men. He died when his submarine went missing in the North Sea on, or about 1 November 1918. 
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CWGC Commemoration: RICK, John (1918)
CWGC Commemoration: RICK, John (1918)
 
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CWGC Commemoration: TRITTON, Robert Edmund (1914)
CWGC Commemoration: TRITTON, Robert Edmund (1914)
Robert was a Royal Naval Seaman serving aboard HMS Aboukir. The ship's role was to help protect the ports of Ostend and Harwich from enemy shipping. The route was heavily used by allied transport ships for the movement of supplies to the Western Front.

HMS Aboukir was struck by a U-Boat torpedo. It's back was broken and it had sunk within 20 minutes with the loss of 527 men. Only one lifeboat was able to be launched because the lifeboat mechanisms were not operational as they were mostly operated by steam from the ship's boilers. 
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CWGC Memorial: Chatham Royal Navy Memorial, Chatham, Kent.
CWGC Memorial: Chatham Royal Navy Memorial, Chatham, Kent.