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Location Information

The Memorial is situated centrally on The Hoe which looks directly towards Plymouth Sound. It is accessible at all times. Copies of the Memorial Register are kept at the Tourist Information Office at Island House, 9 The Barbican, Plymouth, PL1 2LS, and also in the Naval Historical Section at Plymouth Library.

Visiting Information

Visitors are kindly requested not to 'embellish' inscriptions on the memorial using chalk or abrasive products in order to enhance them for photographic purposes. Previous incidences of this have damaged the panels.


Historical Information

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. The Plymouth Naval Memorial was unveiled by HRH Prince George on 29 July 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 Plymouth was Sir Edward Maufe (who also designed the Air Forces memorial at Runnymede) and the additional sculpture was by Charles Wheeler and William McMillan. The Extension was unveiled by HRH Princess Margaret on 20 May 1954. A further unveiling took place on 11 November 1956, when panels honouring those who died on shore, but who had no known grave, were unveiled by Admiral Sir Mark Pizey.

In addition to commemorating seamen of the Royal Navy who sailed from Plymouth, the First World War panels also bears the names of sailors from Australia and South Africa. The governments of the other Commonwealth nations chose to commemorate their dead elsewhere, for the most part on memorials in their home ports. After the Second World War, Canada and New Zealand again chose commemoration at home, but the memorial at Plymouth commemorates sailors from all other parts of the Commonwealth.

Plymouth Naval Memorial commemorates 7,251 sailors of the First World War and 15,933 of the Second World War.





Victoria Cross:


Rank: Lieut-Commander, Date of Death: 14/08/1917, Age: 34, Regiment/Service: Royal Naval Reserve H.M.S. "Prize." , Awards: V C, D S O, Panel Reference 23., Son of Edward Helman Cooke Sanders and Emma Jane Sanders, of Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand. Held Extra Master's Certificate (Mercantile Marine). Born at Auckland, New Zealand.

Citation: An extract from the London Gazette, No. 30147, dated 22nd June, 1917, records the following- "In recognition of his conspicuous gallantry, consummate coolness, and skill in command of one of H.M. ships in action."





D/SSX27830 Able Seaman

Frederick Norman Angove

Royal Navy (H.M.S. Stanley)

19th December 1941 aged 21.

Panel 46. Column 1.


Son of Mr & Mrs Angove of Camelford Cornwall.


Extract taken from the Cornish and Devon Post dated 31/01/1942

Notification has been received from the Admiralty to the effect that Seaman-Gunner Frederick Norman Angove, the second son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Angove of Moorgate, Advent, Camelford is “missing believed killed.” Twenty one years of age, Norman joined the Navy in November 1938. Mr. and Mrs. Angove’s eldest son is serving in the D.C.L.I.




Able Seaman

 Enoch Barton
J/6680 Royal Navy H.M.S. Vanguard
Killed in an explosion

 9th July 1917, aged 29.

Panel 21.


Son of William Henry and Eleanor Barton, of 850, Padiham Rd., Burnley, Lancs. Art teacher at the Technical School, Burnley. Mason of Red Rose of Lancaster Lodge No. 1504, Padiham. Native of Padiham.



310770 Petty Officer Stoker

Frederick Richard Brook

Royal Navy

H.M.S. "Goliath."

13th May 1915, aged 26.

Panel 6.


Son of Francis John and Emily Louisa Brook, of Egloshayle Rd., Wadebridge. Cornwall.


PLY/15899 Private

Jerome Cann

Royal Marine Light Infantry

H.M.S. "Amphion."

6th August 1914, aged 17.

Panel 4.


Son of Stephen and Mary Cann, of Trevena, Tintagel, Cornwall.



D/JX 348731

Arthur James Chester

Royal Navy (H.M.S. Reading)

04/05/1944 aged 20.

Panel 86. Column 1.


Son of John William and Violet May Chester of Chadderton, Lancashire


Picture courtesy of Arthur's Sister, Ivy Chester




PLY/X 3617 Marine

Richard Chinner

Royal Marines

H.M.S. Galatea.

15th December 1941, aged 18.

Panel 59, Column 2.

Son of Samuel James Chinner and Florence Ellen Chinner, of St. Just, Cornwall.



D/SSX 25666

Leading Seaman

Peter Collier

H.M.L.C.I. (L.) 132

"Royal Scotsman"

Royal Navy

17th June 1944.

Panel 85. Column 2.

Possibly buried at Bolsena War Cemetery, Italy in an unmarked grave

Peter Collier, (b.1920) of 111 Cartmel Road, Huyton, Liverpool. Leading Seaman DSSX 25666, 'Royal Scotsman' died 17th June 1944 at the 'Invasion of Elba', Italy. (Missing presumed killed).

Picture courtesy of first cousin Laurence M. Furlong


119312 Chief Petty Officer

Charles Dungey

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Monmouth

1st November 1914, aged 47.

Panel 1.


Son of the late Edward and Amelia Dungey, of Veryan, Grampound Rd., Cornwall; husband of Bessie J. Dungey, of 38, Elm Rd., Mannamead, Mutley, Plymouth.



J/18696 Able Seaman

Arthur Harry Dwyer

Royal Navy

H.M.S. "Indefatigable."

31st May 1916, aged 19.

Panel 11.


Son of Jeremiah and Annie Dwyer, of 5, Chattan Place, Aberdeen. Native of. Warsash, Southampton.




PLY/5543 Gunner

Francis John Eddolls
 Royal Marine Light Infantry SS Joshua Nicholson
Drowned by Enemy Submarine

 18th March 1917, aged 43.

Panel 23.


Son of John and Amelia Eddolls, of Chippenham, Wilts; husband of Ida Maud Eddolls, of 45, Cromwell St., Burnley, Lancs.



D/JX 367174 Able Seaman

James Hebden

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Mourne

15th June 1944, aged 19.

Panel 86, Column 2.


Son of James William and Sarah Alice Hebden, of Nelson, Lancashire.


130379 Able Seaman

Thomas Pinch Lamerton

P.O., 2nd cl., C.G.

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Monmouth

1st November 1914.

Panel 1.



219105 Able Seaman

Ernest William Leverton

Royal Navy

H.M.S. "Defence."

31st May 1916, aged 31.

Panel 12.


Son of Joseph and Elizabeth Leverton, of St. Austell, Cornwall; husband of Jessie Beda Leverton, of The Grey House, Wadebridge, Cornwall.






M/6159 Cook's Mate

Leonard Pearn

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Monmouth

1st November 1914. aged 19.

Panel 4.


Son of Mr. and Mrs. F. Pearn, of "Harbour View," Boscastle, Cornwall.



189300 Petty Officer Stoker

Charles Edward Marlow Platt

Royal Navy

H.M.S. "Broke."

31st May 1916.

Panel 14.


D/JX 149884 Petty Officer

Stephen Matthew Richards

Royal Navy

H.M.S. Eclipse

23rd October 1943, aged 22.

Panel 78, Column 2.


Son of Archie and Muriel Richards; husband of Ellen Richards, of Linthouse, Glasgow.



110170 Chief Petty Officer

Frederick Sercombe

Ch. P.O. C.G. Royal Navy

H.M.S. Monmouth

1st November 1914, aged 51.

Panel 1.


Son of William George Sercombe, of Bristol; husband of Annie Sercombe, of 3, Berries Mount, Bude, Cornwall.






K/1894 Petty Officer Stoker

Matthew Rosevere Davey Burnard

Royal Navy (H.M. S/M. "E47.")

20th August 1917.

Panel 22.


Son of Mr and Mrs Burnard of Tregoodwell, Camelford, Cornwall


Extract taken from the Cornish and Devon Post dated 08/09/1917.

Mr & Mrs Burnard of Tregoodwell, Camelford have received the sad news of the death of their eldest son, Stoker Petty Officer Matthew R.D. Burnard, killed in action on one of H.M. ships last month. As a youth he was employed at the North Cornwall China Clay works which he left nearly nine years since, on attaining the age of 18 years, to join the navy. For some weeks he fought through the Jutland Battle. Mr Burnard was 26 years of age and was only married in March last to the daughter of Mr. W. Stott of Boscastle. The young widow resides at Teignmouth. Mr & Mrs Burnard had also one nephew killed in action at Salonika and another died of wounds in France. They have one son-in-law and six nephews still serving with the colours. Much sympathy has been expressed with the family in the death of Stoker Matt Burnard, a typical sailor, who possessed many excellent qualities.


D/MX 56661 Cook (S)

Eric Douglas Marrack Southwood

Royal Navy

H.M. Trawler Thomas Bartlett

27th May 1940, aged 20.

Panel 42, Column 3.


Son of Douglas Marrack Southwood and Mabel Florence Southwood, of Horfield, Gloucestershire.



J/17926 Able Seaman

William John Williams

Royal Navy

H.M.S. "Defence."

31st May 1916, aged 19.

Panel 12.

Son of John and Mary Williams, of Bureau Place, Wadebridge, Cornwall.






D/SSX27818 Able Seaman

Harold James Smith

Royal Navy (H.M.S. Niger)

06/07/1942 aged 24.

Panel 66. Column 3.


Son of Bertram and Agnes Smith of Borehamwood, Herts


Harold Smith, from Borehamwood, served on the HMS Edinburgh as it carried out one such voyage in 1942, carrying 4.5 tons of Russian gold through the Barents Sea to Britain.

The gold was Russia's payment to the US for war materials, but German air surveillance had noted HMS Edinburgh's departure, and on April 30 1942, a U-boat fired two torpedoes at the ship, killing more than 57 crew members and wrecking the ship's steering gear.

Mr Smith survived, and was transferred to the HMS Niger, but on May 2, the Royal Navy sank HMS Edinburgh, to stop the Germans from taking the gold, most of which was recovered in 1981.

But Mr Smith's new ship, the HMS Niger, was destroyed by a mine on July 6, and he died at the age of 24. July 1942 was one of the darkest months of the war a total of 93 allied cargo boats were sunk around the world. His brother, Walter Smith, from Thornbury Gardens, Borehamwood, also served in the Royal Navy during the Second World War, and served on the battleship HMS King George V.


M/11841 Engine Room Artificer 4th Class

Arthur William Worden

H.M.S. Dartmouth, Royal Navy

 killed in action

 15th May1917, aged 29.

Panel 22.

Buried at sea

Picture courtesy of John Garlington



361065 Officer's Cook 1st Class

John Borg

H.M.S. "Louvain." Royal Navy

20th January 1918, aged 33.

Panel 28.


Son of Lorenzo and Anni Borg; husband of Lucarda Borg, of 17, Strada S. Gaetano, Hamrun, Malta.


Picture courtesy of Francis Borg.







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