During the Spring of 2020 the CWGC will be repairing some of the Memorial’s original proofing materials that have been exposed to the elements for almost 80 years. These have reached the end of their effective life and are being repaired to prevent staining of the Memorial. During these works there will be temporary restrictions on access to the commemoration panels of the Memorial. We would ask for your understanding during this essential work, and apologise for any inconvenience that might be caused.

Country United Kingdom
Region Devon
Total identified casualties 23225 Find these records
Casualties from First & Second World War

With its central position on the Hoe overlooking Plymouth Sound in Devon, the Plymouth Naval Memorial is a well-known local landmark. The memorial commemorates more than 7,200 naval personnel of the First World War and nearly 16,000 of the Second World War who were lost or buried at sea.

More than 45,000 men and women lost their lives while serving with the Royal Navy during the First World War. After the Armistice, the naval authorities and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission were determined to find an appropriate way to commemorate naval personnel who had no grave.

key features

  • Plymouth Naval Memorial is one of three naval memorials in the UK. The others are at Chatham and Portsmouth
  • All three memorials were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer with sculpture by Henry Poole. Each design is the same with an obelisk of Portland stone surmounted by a copper sphere
  • The memorial commemorates more than 7,200 sailors of the First World War and nearly 16,000 of the Second World War
  • The Second World War extension was designed by Sir Edward Maufe designed with additional sculpture is by Charles Wheeler and William McMillan
  • It was unveiled by Prince George in July 1924. The extension was unveiled by HRH Princess Margaret on 20 May 1954
Plymouth Naval Memorial


More than a quarter of the men commemorated at Plymouth were lost at The Battle of Jutland which began on 31 May 1916.

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The memorial is situated centrally on the Hoe which looks directly towards Plymouth Sound. It is accessible at all times.

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