London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
The Tower Hill Memorial
First World War
The CWGC commemorates the dead of British and Commonwealth forces of the two World Wars at cemeteries and memorials in over 150 countries.
The Tower Hill Memorial bears the names of 12,000 First World War merchant seamen who have no known grave, their bodies lost or buried at sea. It was unveiled by Queen Mary on 12 December 1928.
The sailors of the Merchant Marine served across the globe, transporting civilian and military supplies that were vital to the war effort. By the end of the conflict more than 3,300 merchant ships had been sunk, and over 17,000 merchant sailors had lost their lives.
The largest loss of life commemorated upon this memorial is from the sinking of the R.M.S. Lusitania. On 7 May 1915 the Lusitania was torpedoed by a German submarine in the Irish Sea. Carrying almost 2,000 passengers and crew, she sank in under 20 minutes. Commemorated here are more than 350 service personnel who died in the sinking.
The Tower Hill Memorial was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens with sculpture by Sir William Reid-Dick. It takes the form of a vaulted corridor and is made from portland stone. A famous architect before the First World War, Lutyens designed many memorials, including the cenotaph in Whitehall and the CWGC Thiepval Memorial
The CWGC Established in 1917, the War Graves Commission commemorates more than 1.7 million dead of the two World Wars. Our founding principles are to commemorate each person equally, regardless of race, rank, or religion, and to do so forever.
Erected by Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Location. 51° 30.576′ N, 0° 4.671′ W. Marker is in London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England, in Greater London County. Marker is at the intersection of Tower Hill (England Route A100) and Trinity Square, on the right when traveling west on Tower Hill. Touch for map.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. A different marker also named The Tower Hill Memorial (here, next to this marker); Tower Hill Execution Site (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named The Tower Hill Memorial (a few steps from this marker); Edward I’s formidable fortress (within shouting distance of this marker); Strengthening the fortress (within shouting distance of this marker); The Tower in 1700 (within shouting distance of this marker); London Wall (about 120 meters away, measured in a direct line); A place of execution (about 120 meters away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in London Borough of Tower Hamlets.
Also see . . .
1. The CWGC, Commonwealth War Graves Commission. (Submitted on May 13, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
2. Tower Hill Memorial on Wikipedia. (Submitted on May 13, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.)
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