Description: Naval War Memorial
Date Listed: 3 October 2000
English Heritage Building ID: 485848
OS Grid Reference: TM5505894465
OS Grid Coordinates: 655058, 294465
Latitude/Longitude: 52.4884, 1.7555
TM5594SW YARMOUTH ROAD
914-1/6/10009 Bellevue Park
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
Source: English Heritage
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