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

Plymouth Naval Memorial and sculpture 

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

Sir Edward Maufe, who designed the Air Forces memorial at Runnymede, was the architect for the extension at Plymouth and the additional sculpture was by Charles Wheeler and William McMillan. Maufe created a sheltered sunken garden on the landward side of the memorial with bronze name panels fixed to the curved retaining wall.

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.