“No grave but the sea”
This wonderful memorial in the heart of London commemorates both men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets, who died during both world wars and have no grave but the sea.
This memorial is often overlooked by visitors, as it is located just opposite the imposing Tower of London.
The Great War
Every name is engraved upon the 12 bronze plaques, which you are free to respectfully stroll through and reflect.
The First World War memorial was unveiled by Queen Mary on 12th December 1928.
A total of 3,305 merchant ships were lost, along with 17,000 lives.
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World War II
Stepping down into the semi-circular sunken garden, you’ll be astounded at the sea of names that engulf you. There are almost 24,000 British seamen named, along with 50 Australian seamen.
During the Second World War a total of 4,786 merchant ships were lost, along with 32,000 lives. More than one quarter of this total were lost in home waters.
Trinity Square Gardens
If you're in the area?
10 Trinity Square
10 Trinity Square which was once the headquarters of the Port of London Authority, stands proud overlooking these memorials, towards the River Thames.
(Some of you may recognize it from the James Bond film ‘Skyfall’)
The Sundial at Tower Hill Gardens
A 14th Century Scaffold Site
Within Trinity Square Gardens also lies a memorial to the Scaffold site once used for public executions, dating from 1381 to 1747. Many of whom were dignitaries and clergymen.
One of the plaques which lies in the memorial garden reads;
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Inspired to visit the Tower Hill memorials?
It's easy to get to. It's nearest tube is Tower Hill, or if you're coming from the east via the DLR then Tower Gateway,
Or if you're coming via overland train then Fenchurch Street, London Bridge or even Liverpool Steet are all within walking distance.
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