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Naval War Memorial

A Grade II Listed Building in Lowestoft, Suffolk

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Latitude: 52.4884 / 52°29'18"N

Longitude: 1.7555 / 1°45'19"E

OS Eastings: 655058

OS Northings: 294465

OS Grid: TM550944

Mapcode National: GBR YT1.SSB

Mapcode Global: VHN3X.CQX7

Plus Code: 9F43FQQ4+95

Entry Name: Naval War Memorial

Listing Date: 3 October 2000

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1385386

English Heritage Legacy ID: 485848

Location: Lowestoft, East Suffolk, Suffolk, NR32

County: Suffolk

District: East Suffolk

Town: East Suffolk

Electoral Ward/Division: Gunton and Corton

Built-Up Area: Lowestoft

Traditional County: Suffolk

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Suffolk

Church of England Parish: Lowestoft Christ Church

Church of England Diocese: Norwich

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Listing Text


914-1/6/10009 Bellevue Park
03-OCT-00 (East,off)
Naval War Memorial


War memorial commemorating the Naval Patrol Service in the Second World War. 1952-3 by F H Crossley, with sculpture by H Tyson-Smith. Stone facings. Low circular drum forty feet in diameter set with concave bronze inscription panels listing the dead by rank. Concentric plinth supports fluted entactic column rising to stepped pinnacle and ball finial. On the finial is a model galleon (Lymphad) under sail.

The memorial to the Naval Patrol Service was unveiled on 7 October 1953 by the First Sea Lord, Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Rhoderick McGrigor.. The memorial commemorates 2,385 names from the patrol depot "Europa", including 49 from Newfoundland, who never returned to their base at Sparrow's Nest, an adjacent site in Lowestoft. Sparrow's Nest was the central depot of the Naval Patrol Service in the Second World War. The service itself was developed from the trawler section of the Royal Naval Reserve and many Lowestoft skippers and fishermen served in it. It manned the minesweepers, corvettes, fuel carriers and other small craft in the Second World War. Some 57,000 men served in the Naval Patrol Service at its height in 1944.

Lowestoft Journal, 28 November 1952
Eastern Evening News, 8 October 1953
Lowestoft Journal, 9 October 1953
C Gooday, HMS Europa, 1977, pp.24-5

Listing NGR: TM5505894465

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