Plymouth Naval Memorial


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.

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.

The Plymouth Naval Memorial is situated centrally on The Hoe which looks directly towards Plymouth Sound, and commemorates more than 7,000 sailors of the First World War and almost 16,000 from the Second World War, who died at sea and have no known grave.

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 Second World War panels also commemorate sailors from all Commonwealth countries with the exception of Canada and New Zealand, whose lost sailors are commemorated in their home country.

Amongst those commemorated on the Memorial are Tom Ormerod, Jack Ormerod and Maurice Ormerod.

      Tom Ormerod commemorated on the Memorial
Jack Ormerod commemorated on the Memorial
Maurice Ormerod commemorated on the Memorial