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"Tower Hill Memorial of the Merchant Navy." Merchant Navy & Fishing Fleets 1914 - 1918 & 1939 - 1945 Tower Hill Memorials Tip by breughel

  Tower Hill Memorial
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  • Tower Hill Memorial - London
      Tower Hill Memorial
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  • Tower Hill Memorial WW II - London
      Tower Hill Memorial WW II
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Most tourists ignore this rather discrete monument on the south side of Trinity Square Gardens when after leaving Tower Hill Station they are heading towards the Tower of London.
Those who stop are surprised to learn that the Tower Hill Memorial commemorates men and women of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets who died in both World Wars and who have no known grave.

17000 seamen died in WW I and 32000 in WW II mostly by the German submarine warfare. Think of the supply convoys making their way to Russia around the North Cape.
The Tower Hill Memorial is divided in two sections. The First World War memorial, in front of the street, takes the form of a vaulted corridor with 12 bronze plaques engraved with 12000 names.
The larger section which approximates a circle is dedicated to those who died during World War II between 1939 and 1945 when 4786 merchant ships were lost. It is specifically for the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet members who died at sea and have no known grave.

Address: Trinity Square Garden
Directions: Nearest Tube, Tower Hill. At Bayward & Tower Hill.

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  • Updated May 3, 2013
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