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Portsmouth Naval Memorial

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NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA

NO GRAVE BUT THE SEA Traditionally, sailors killed in conflict either went down with their ships or were buried at sea. After the First World War the Admiralty and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission built permanent memorials to preserve the memory of those who died. As a principal manning port for the Royal Navy, Portsmouth was one of three sites chosen. In 1946 the memorial was extended to commemorate navy personnel who died in the Second World War. Mothers, wives and sweethearts gathered where the names of the casualties of HMS Royal Oak have just been posted. Many of the 833 who died are commemorated on the memorial at Portsmouth. HU 002687

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