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London Borough of Tower Hamlets in Greater London County, England, United Kingdom
 

The Tower Hill Memorial

Second World War extension

 
 
The Tower Hill Memorial Second World War extension Marker image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 27, 2018
1. The Tower Hill Memorial Second World War extension Marker
Inscription.
The Tower Hill Memorial extension bears the names of almost 24,000 men and women who died in the Second World War and have no known grave, their bodies lost or buried at sea.

During the war, the merchant Navy risked attack from submarine, air and surface raiders to transport vital supplies across the globe. By the end of the conflict more than 4,800 merchant ships had been sunk, and over 32,000 merchant sailors has lost their lives.

The Second World War extension to the Tower Hill Memorial was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 5 November 1955. The names of the war dead are listed alphabetically under the ships in which they served.

Boy Sailors
Some of those who went to sea were very young. Kenneth Lewis was 14 years old and his brother Raymond was 15. The boys are believed to have forged a letter from their father to sign up. Both died when their ship, S.S. Fiscus was sunk in October 1940 by German submarine, U-99. Commemorated on Panel 49, they are two of the youngest merchant seamen killed in the Second World War.

Design
The Extension takes the form of a remembrance garden. It was designed by Sir Edward Maufe, the principle architect for War Graves memorials and cemeteries in the UK after the Second World War. At the entrance are two sculptures of merchant
The Tower Hill Memorial Markers image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 27, 2018
2. The Tower Hill Memorial Markers
The First World War marker is on the left. The Second World War extension marker is on the right.
seamen by Sir Charles Wheeler, who also designed the depictions of the Seven Seas upon the memorial walls.

Other places to visit
Those who died at sea during the World Wars often have no known grave. The CWGC commemorates 65,000 missing service personnel of the Royal Navy on three memorials at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham. Each memorial also serves as a marker point for shipping, guiding other sailors home to safe harbours.
 
Erected by Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
 
Location. 51° 30.576′ N, 0° 4.673′ 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. Marker is in this post office area: London Borough of Tower Hamlets, England EC3N 4DH, United Kingdom.
 
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 Iís formidable fortress (within shouting
The Tower Hill Memorial Second World War extension image. Click for full size.
By Michael Herrick, April 27, 2018
3. The Tower Hill Memorial Second World War extension
The World War II area of the The Tower Hill Memorial
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.
 
Categories. Military
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on May 13, 2018. This page originally submitted on May 13, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut. This page has been viewed 53 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 13, 2018, by Michael Herrick of Southbury, Connecticut.
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