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CGWC Commemoration: BROADWAY, Albert William, D.S.M., RN (1918)


Media TitleCGWC Commemoration: BROADWAY, Albert William, D.S.M., RN (1918)
Media NotesThis 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.
Owner/SourceCourtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (©)
DateAdded 05 Mar 2012
Linked toAlbert William Broadway (Death)

Chatham Naval Memorial, Chatham, Kent, England

Notes: 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.

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