The memorial was designed by Sir Robert Lorimer, a Principal Architect for the Commission, with sculpture by Henry Poole.


Lorimer also designed the memorials at Plymouth and Portsmouth and each design is the same: an obelisk of Portland stone surmounted by a copper sphere. Four lions guard the base.

The architect for the extension at Chatham was Sir Edward Maufe, who also designed the Air Forces memorial at Runnymede. The sculpture was by Charles Wheeler and William McMillan.

Architects and Designers

Sir Robert Lorimer, Henry Poole, Sir Edward Maufe, Charles Wheeler and William McMillan


Sir Robert Lorimer

The Scottish architect was born in 1864. He was appointed by the Imperial War Graves Commission as Principal Architect for Italy, Macedonia and Egypt. He designed the Memorial to the Missing at Lake Doiran in Greece. Lorimer was also tasked with designing three identical monuments of 'unmistakable naval form'.

​Sir Edward Maufe

Sir Edward Maufe

The British architect was born in 1882. He was the Commission’s Principal Architect for the United Kingdom after the Second World War. He designed the Air Forces Memorial at Cooper's Hill overlooking Runnymede in Surrey (also known as Runnymede Memorial) and the extensions to Tower Hill Memorial and the naval memorials at Portsmouth, Plymouth and Chatham.