Archive for June 20, 2013

    The Crimean war memorial

Crimea War Memorial, Southsea

Photo by Shaun (http://www.flickr.com/people/ugborough_exile/)

This memorial was erected in memory of the soldiers and sailors from the Crimean War who made their way back to Portsmouth but subsequently died of their wounds and were buried in Portsmouth garrison. It was elected by the debating society of Portsmouth and the townspeople. It is unusual in that it doesn’t actually record any details of those for whom it was erected.

    The HMS Chesapeake memorial

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This memorial commemorates the men of HMS Chesapeake who served in India (1857-58), Arabia (1858-59) and China(1859-61).
On 25th June 1859 eighty-nine men were killed and a further three hundred and forty five were wounded during a Royal Navy campaign to take the Taku Forts in China. In their memory the HMS Chesapeake memorial was erected on Southsea Seafront looking out across the Solent. The memorial consists of a corniced polished granite column resting on a square base. Atop the column is a bronze tripod together with a prominent naval crown.