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World War 1 & 2 - Detailed Information
Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2008

The Southampton Cenotaph war memorial in Watt's Park/West Park was built in 1919. The architect was Sir Edwin Lutyens. The Cenotaph is made of Portland stone tapering to a platform on which is the recumbent effigy of a dead soldier. To the west of it is a stone of remembrance and to the east two short pillars surmounted by fir cones (symbols of eternity). These are joined by a seat and a wall, on which is the inscription if to be found. There are recessed panels on the north, south and west access where the names of the fallen are inscribed. The east side has a cross of sacrifice and the north and south faces have lions, on both the east and west faces are the arms of Southampton. Sculptured wreaths enclose emblems of the army, navy, merchant marine and air force. The original site for the memorial cost £10,000, the memorial was dedicated by the Bishop of Winchester and unveiled by Major General J E B Seely on 6th November 1920. An Adobe Acrobat file on the Southampton Council web site gives the names of those who died in World War 1.

There is a Southampton Cenotaph website thaT has been designed and produced by students from Southampton Solent University and includes the biographies of those who are named on Southampton Cenotaph and Memorial Wall, as well as images, video, audio and interactive media. The website is continuing to be developed by Southampton Solent University in partnership with the Southampton Cenotaph Families and Friends Group.

Photograph from an old postcard


Last updated 11 November, 2019

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