Please note due to works taking place by the Environmental Services, this site will be closed from 13th July 2020 for a period of approximately 30 days.

Country United Kingdom
Region London
Total identified casualties 36071 Find these records
Casualties from First & Second World War

Standing on the south side of the gardens of Trinity Square, London, close to the Tower of London is the Tower Hill Memorial. It commemorates the men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who have no grave but the sea.

More than 50,700 Commonwealth merchant seamen lost their lives in the two world wars. The Tower Hill Memorial commemorates more than 35,800 casualties who have no known grave.

key features

  • Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who gave their lives and have no grave but the sea
  • The memorial features sculpture by Sir William Reid Dick and Sir Charles Wheeler
  • The memorial’s location at Trinity Square, London, was not the original site chosen by architect Sir Edwin Lutyens
  • It was unveiled on 12 December 1928, by Queen Mary
  • The memorial was extended to commemorate the men of the Merchant Navy who lost their lives during the Second World War
  • The Second World War memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture by Sir Charles Wheeler. It was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on 5 November 1955
Tower Hill memorial


Architect Sir Edwin Lutyens planned the memorial for a site at the Embankment in London, but the plan was rejected by the Fine Arts Commission.

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A map to show Tower Hill memorial


The memorial is open daily from 08:00 and closes 30 minutes before dusk. Trinity Square Gardens is not open on Christmas Day and therefore the memorial is not accessible.

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