The three major naval ports of Chatham, Portsmouth and Plymouth each have almost identical WW1 Naval Cenotaphs, each modified to include the names of those who gave their lives in WW2.

Just a point of interest is their WW2 Memorial unveiling dates and by whom: all events were scheduled for 1130.

They were all unveiled by the Kings {George VI} ladies namely HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, HRH Princess Elizabeth and HRH Princes Margaret.

First came Chatham, by HRH Princess Elizabeth on the 29th October 1950. Regrettably and sadly, to many the base of Chatham is now unknown and almost forgotten and the whereabouts of the Naval War Memorial is not readily known. I rectify that by showing you a map pointing out the Cenotaph, which more than any other, has been much vandalised over the years.

Second was Portsmouth by HM Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother on the 29th April 1953, well known for being on the Southsea Common sea frontage overlooking Spithead.

Finally came Plymouth by HRH Princess Margaret on the 20th May 1954, well known for being on Plymouth Hoe overlooking Plymouth Sound and its breakwater plus Drakes Island.

Proud days commemorating brave men whose actions fill us with pride and thanksgiving.

May they always, for all posterity, RIP.