A Memorial to The Seamen of The Great War

Memorial to The Seamen of The Great War

The Imperial War Graves Commission erected the Hollybrook Memorial in Hollybrook Cemetery, Southampton, England. It records the names of those who went down in vessels mined or torpedoed in home waters, as well as elsewhere in the world, from transports to hospital ships, and whose graves are not known. The total number of officers and men named on this Memorial is 1,868, and 64 of these are Canadians.

Hollybrook Cemetery is in Chilworth Road, Shirley, three kilometres North of Southampton West railway station. It was opened in 1913, and covers an area of 19 hectares. It stands on high ground, but an intervening ridge cuts off the view of Southampton. The War Plot is immediately within the entrance with the War Cross in front of it. On a terrace at the back of the Plot is the screen wall that forms the Memorial, on which the names of the dead are carved. The general inscription is in these words:

1914 TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF 1855* OFFICERS AND MEN OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE WHO FELL IN THE GREAT WAR AND HAVE NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA OR TO WHOM THE FORTUNE OF WAR DENIED THE KNOWN AND HONOURED BURIAL GIVEN TO THEIR COMRADES IN DEATH 1918

* While the "1855" inscribed in the panel must remain, the names commemorated now total 1,868.

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Directions

The Hollybrook Memorial is situated in Southampton (Hollybrook) Cemetery, which is on high ground in Chilworth Road, Shirley, next to Southampton General Hospital. This cemetery is located off Tremona Road, opposite the general Accident and Emergency Hospital. From Junction 5 of the M27, take the A35 (Burgess Road/Winchester Road) and follow signs for General Hospital.

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