The Naval Service Memorial

The Royal Naval Association has been running a project to mark the 60th anniversary of its Royal Charter in 2014. The RNA National Council wanted an all-inclusive memorial that commemorates those who have served, serve today and will serve tomorrow regardless of rank, trade or fighting arm. We sought designs for a memorial to be placed in the Naval Section of the National Memorial Arboretum (NMA) to be a place for shipmates and their families of the Naval Service to quietly remember their comrades and loved ones. The Naval Service consists of;

  • Royal Navy
  • Royal Marines
  • Royal Naval Reserves
  • Royal Marines Reserves
  • Royal Fleet Auxiliary
  • Women's Royal Naval Service
  • Queen Alexandra's Royal Naval Nursing Service
  • Royal Naval Auxiliary Service

The core idea has been developed and created by Graeme Mitcheson, based on a design submitted by Mr Nigel Huxtable, Assistant General Secretary RNA.

‘At the going down of the Sun we will remember them’.

The memorial shows a figure facing West into the setting sun, head bowed in respect to Shipmates. The figure suggests this could be a sailor from the bell bottoms and round cap held in the ‘at ease’ position, but is deliberately ambiguous.

Coloured glass panels diffuse light onto a white limestone pavement. The colours are those of the 5 oceans – Steel grey for the Atlantic; turquoise for the Indian; ultramarine blue for the Pacific; and with white inserts for the Arctic and Southern Ocean. Yellow for the rising sun - red is there for the setting sun and for the blood spilled at sea and on the land in the defence of our nation. Suggestions of green for the Royal Marines and dark colours for dived submarines.

The glass panels suggest waves and motion – from the side, masts in harbour. The panels vary in size to suggest the tide coming in and out. The glass panels cast a shadow suggesting the shape of a warship which is in the direct gaze of the figure. The shape of the shadow ship changes as the sun moves.

From right angles the glass panels suggest medal ribbons, the colours of the Atlantic and Arctic Stars are present.

The figure is made from battleship grey Kilkenny limestone, which turns black when wet, drying in patches showing the way water is integral to the figure.

The unveiling and dedication at the arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, took place on Sunday June 15 2014. Their Royal Highnesses Prince and Princess Michael of Kent were in attendance, with a number of senior Royal Navy Officers and politicians. Mayors from Naval communities and Commanding Officers representing all the fighting arms of the Naval Service were invited. The parade consisted of the Royal Marines Band CTCRM and a guard from HMS Forward, who paraded the Royal Naval Reserve Colour. A contingent of Phase 2 trainees from HMS Collingwood and Sea Cadets from Warsash, near Southampton joined the RNA community and their families for this memorable event.

The Naval Service Memorial is not solely for the RNA, but a gift to the Naval Service from the RNA on the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the RNA Charter. With over 15,000 members across 370 branches in the UK and overseas, we are a family of current and former Naval Service personnel, relatives and supporters of our country's Royal Navy.

Whether we are catching up with friends at our regular social events; fundraising; advising on welfare and employment matters, or just providing an arm around the shoulder, our natural willingness to help others stems from the tradition and camaraderie that only Naval Service life can instil. Everything we do is inextricably linked to our core values: Unity, Loyalty, Patriotism and Comradeship.


The memorial has been made possible through generous donations given the Gosling Foundation, RNRMC, members of the Conference of Naval Associations and RNA branches and their members.

The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity improves the lives of all who serve – past and present – and their families. We focus on those who wear uniform today – ships, squadrons, submarines and commandos – and do all we can to boost morale, improve facilities and ease the pressure that life in the Service can bring. We are a grant making charity and provide valuable funds for naval and military charities that work with families and veterans, especially those experiencing difficulty with child support, ill-health, old age or hard times.

"As the principal charity of the Royal Navy we strive to improve the quality of life for the entire Naval family and are proud to say that we do". www.RNRMC.org.uk

Seafarers UK

Provide grants to specialist maritime charities and organisations, often small local ones, that are working to help serving and ex-serving seafarers and their families who are experiencing hardship. Our key aim is to provide sustainable funding and improve the quality of life for those in greatest need. www.seafarers-uk.org


Our link to our memorial page is www.bmycharity.com/CaptainPaulQuinnOBE

The following is a list of those who have donated to The Naval Service Memorial; it is continually updated as donations are received.

LIST OF DONORS            
The Gosling Foundation   RNA Area 1   S/m Carrrington   Tewkesbury Rotary Club
Royal Naval Association   RNA Area 3   S/m Chatfield A M   2nd HMS Manchester 
RN & RM Charity   RNA Area 12   S/m Donovan R   Folkstone Town Hall
Seafarers UK   Bangor   S/m Dudley B   RMA Morecambe
    Belfast    S/m Glover D   RN Golfing Society
    Christchurch    S/m Horn D   The Ton Class Association
    Greenford    S/m Le-Voir G   CQ Cufflinks Ltd
    Llanelli    S/m Laver L   Just Giving
    Lichfield   S/m Meredith A J   Sarah Ayton
    Ludlow    S/m Milligan   Kevin Cornelius
    Pershore   S/m Mowbray D   Mrs Glester 
    Owen G   S/m Rees N   Timperely Villa Football Club
    The Ganges Association   S/m White R    
    Lymington & District   G R Condor    
    In memory of S/M Lock S    Mrs Dawes    
        H Hoskyn    
        N P Watts    
        S/m Alice Inwood    
        S/m Beadle D    
        S/m Merriman J E    
        S/m Sanders E    
        S/m Chivers MBE    
        S/m Hughes J    
        S/m Long T    
        S/m Goode J    
        S/m Cotton F    
        S/m Cook E    
        S/m Price B    
        S/m Long D    
        S/m Newton B    
        S/m Plummer M J    
        S/m Haskell W    
        S/m Coyle M    
        S/m Batchford H    
        S/m White R W    
        S/m James G    
        S/m Denston C P    
        S/m Rennie J    
        S/m Hyman H    
        S/m McShee W    
        S/m White R W    
        S/m Weir A    
        S/m Haymen D    
        S/m Day R    
        S/m Forbes    
        S/m Applegate    
        S/m Craft M D    
        S/m Stafford J    
        S/m King R J    
        S/m Baum P    
        S/m Needham W    
        S/m Laver L    
RNA BRANCHES       S/m 'Bill' Atkinson    
Arlesford   Harlow   Peterborough    Purley
Atherton   Hemel Hempstead    Plymouth    Rosyth & West Fife
Ashford   Henlow   Portland    St Austell
Ayslebury    Huntingdon    Ramsey     Bangor
Beccles    Ketton   Romford    Selsey
Bletchley   Letchworth   Royal Leamington Spa    Grantown on Spey
Brixham    Limavady   Runcorn     Bangor
Caerphilly   Liskeard    Sevenoaks     Lymington
Chester    Llandudno   Sherborne     St Austell
Corby    Londonderry    Skelmersdale     Rosyth & Fife
Costa Blanca   Manor Park    South Bristol     Purley
Crosby    Margate   Spalding    
Delabole   Mid Antrim    Spennymoor     
Derby   Millom    Sunderland     
Dorchester    Market Harborough    Swaffham    
Dublin   Netley   Tenbury Wells    
East Antrim    Newark    Tyne    
Eastbourne    Newport    Whitstable     
Folkestone   Newport South Wales    Wisbech    
Frome    Norwich   Woking    
Gloucester   Nuneaton    Worthing    
Gosport   Oswestry    Wymondham     
Abbott A   Davies T   Lynam J   Salt M
Amphett R   Dovey C   MacClean    Sanders T
Angrove W J   Downer S   Mackenzie T   Sanderson J
Armour R A   Duff A   Macleod-Carey A   Sandford W
Ayton F   Earley J   Macrae I   Sassoon H
Banham D   East S   Martin P   Sharpe D
Banks    Elliot K   Masters A   Short W
Bansall E   Elmy B   Masters A D   Sims-William T J
Bansall-Allen E   Entwistle   Mayes D   Smith D
Barlow J   Farr R   McCullough A   Smith E
Barlow T   Finch B A   Mclean L   Smith T
Barraclough    Ford C   Meldrum I   Smith T J
Bassett L   Gilchrist K   Merrett P   Southard P
Bell-Capel A   Gladstone J   Messenger P   Staniford J
Bias R   Goetz T   Miles G   Stone J
Bilverstone B   Goode R   Miles R   Summers A
Birch F   Grainger R M   Minn H   Sutherland 
Bird D   Grinstead    Monk    Thacker G
Blackett   Gurney   Moore R   Thistlewaite 
Blatchley P   Hadler D   Morison J T   Thompson 
Bloomfield T   Hand C   Morris K   Thompson D
Bottomley J   Hayward M   Moss    Tromans F
Bridger D   Hillier Lt Cdr   Moulding P S   Tunks M
Briggs R   Hine S   Neilson R   Turnbull K
Bristow L   Hobson J   Newton Lt Col   Uglow 
Brown A   Holden K   North M   Unwin R
Brown D   Holdsworth A   Oliver J Rev OBE   Valler A
Bunbury C   Holland J   Osment C   Vickers J
Burgess A   Horlick E   Palmer A   Walker W
Bush F   Horn D   Palmer S   Warburton B
Cair D   Hurford P   Parker A   Ward D
Cappell H   Hutchinson   Parker M   Ward M
Carlton C   Jackson B   Parkin W   Wareing P
Carrington D   Jones R   Parr A   Watson R
Cassar-Torreggiani H   Kent A   Patience G   Webster I
Charter S   Ketteridge D   Pearson S   Welland A
Clayton E   Lahiff S   Peskin E   Wheeler J
Clements S   Lane M   Pickering N   Whetstone S
Constable A   Laverick G   Pickles J   Whitaker A
Coombe D   Lawrie D   Pretty G   Whitley G
Cooper R   Leary G   Purkiss R   Williams M
Copelin B   Lebeter W   Rathbone P   Williams N
Cowell A   Leishman S   Rendell R   Wills F
Cox T   Livesey D   Richardson K   Windust J
Crocker N   Low R   Richolme H   Wood R
Croney   Lucas J   Robertson D E   Woods F
Cummingham P   Lunn F   Roper W   Woolhouse G
            Wragg M

An information board is available at the NMA that tells the story of the memorialShould you wish you have a name annotated on this QR site 'In memory' of someone who has served, please contact RNA HQ.