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Chatham Naval Memorial, Gillingham

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Chatham Naval Memorial is a large obelisk situated in the town of Chatham, Kent, which is in the Medway Towns. The memorial is a feature of the Great Lines Heritage Park. The huge expanse of the Great Lines was in its own right a layer of defence to protect Chatham Dockyard from attack.Chatham was a principal manning port of the Royal Navy during the First World War and thus was dedicated as the site of one of three memorials to sailors, airmen and marines of the Royal Navy who lost their lives during the conflict but who have no known grave.The other memorials were situated at Portsmouth and Plymouth. The obelisks were designed by Sir Robert Lorimer and the one at Chatham originally contained 8,515 names. They include two Victoria Cross recipients, Skipper Thomas Crisp (Merchant Marine), and Major Francis John William Harvey (Royal Marines Light Infantry), besides poet Flight Commander Jeffery Day (Royal Naval Air Service) and England rugby international, Surgeon James (Bungy) Watson. Of the three obelisks, Chatham's is the only one sited on a hill, making it visible over a wide area.
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  • We visited here with my 7 year old son as part of a memorial project, it’s a large monument, and the architecture is absolutely beautiful. You never feel quite alone when you step inside, lots to read...  more »
  • A monument set high on a hill above the dockyard and town commemorating our sailors. Plenty of parking nearby.  more »
  • We walked up here , and lucky enough it was open . This is a memorial to those who gave their lives so that we could be free . A beautiful tribute to the fallen , it is very prominent on the hill over...  more »
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  • Beautifully kept, peaceful monument situated on a hill overlooking Chatham. I would recommend starting at Fort Amherst and walking through the Great Lines Heritage Park to reach it.
  • Peaceful, fantastic for walking. Beautiful views. A really good place to think or just take time out.
  • An interesting sight and reminder of how many Naval lives were lost during WW1 and WW2.
  • My Grandfathers name is listed when his ship The HMS Aboukir was sunk by U 9 on the 22nd September 1914. Gone but always remembered.
  • Sobering war memorial. Very honourable and respectful of all those who lost their lives during the war.

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