Remembrance

Cenotaph

We will remember them

Remembrance Sunday is a day to commemorate the contribution of British and Commonwealth military and civilian servicemen and women in the two World Wars and later conflicts.

The Southampton Remembrance Sunday Service this year will be virtual. The key elements of the Remembrance Service will be filmed in advance at the Cenotaph and at different war memorials across the city. The film will be shared on this web page and on Council social media channels on Sunday 8 November at 11:02am.

It is appreciated that you may wish to lay a wreath at the Cenotaph at this important time.
As this year's commemoration is very different for all of us, to maintain social distancing, please kindly consider doing this between Sun 8 - Weds 11 November, but if possible not at 11am on either of these two dates. 
Please remember to travel safely and adhere to the current government guidelines and the rule of six.
Thank you.

The Culture Secretary urges the public to pay tribute at home to protect the veteran community and to remember all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice by coming together for a national moment of silence at 11am. The National Service of Remembrance at the Cenotaph, London, will be broadcast nationwide on BBC One, Sky and ITV.

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War Memorials Southampton

As part of Remembrance Sunday on the 8 November and Armistice Day on Wednesday 11 November, residents may wish to visit the War memorials in Southampton.

We have included some War memorials located in the city on a map below.  There are lots of gravestones in the Southampton Old Cemetery and local churchyards, stained glass windows in churches all commemorating people who died serving in various wars.
You may also be interested in War Memorials Online and The Imperial War Museum's Register of War Memorials

Share your photos with us paying your respects at the memorials on social media using the hashtags #NeverForgotten and #SouthamptonRemembers.

Follow Southampton City Council Facebook and Southampton City Council Twitter @SouthamptonCC

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Remembrance Bench

A new Remembrance bench will be unveiled soon at Veracity Sports Ground between Itchen and Merryoak. This will join our suite of four benches that have been placed around the city to commemorate the contribution that armed forces personnel made to World War One. The other benches can be found at Southampton Old Cemetery, South Stoneham Garden of Remembrance at Stoneham Cemetery, Hollybrook Cemetery and Lances Hill.

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Guildhall Illuminated red 

The Southampton 02 Guildhall will be illuminated red on Sunday 8 and Wednesday 11 November.

Poppies

Some lamp posts around The Cenotaph will be decorated with large poppies. 

Doorstep Silence

We are encouraging all residents to stand on their doorstep at 11am and honour the 2-minute silence on Remembrance Sunday.

Church Bells

Churches across the city will be ringing their bells at 11.02am including St Marks Church -Woolston, Holy Saviour -Bitterne, Peartree Church, St Marys Church - Sholing and St Michaels All Angels -Bassett Ave.

Create your own special Poppy

Keep your eyes peeled on our social media channels (we will also include a link here soon) as the council's Cultural Services’ Museum Learning team will be showing you how to create your very own remembrance poppy. You can also download and print an iconic remembrance poppy from The Royal British Legion website - see below. 

Display your poppy in your window to show your support for the armed forces community from Sunday 8 November and make sure you share your pictures with us and on social media using the hashtags #NeverForgotten and #SouthamptonRemembers, so we can share them with our social media followers.

RB Legion

Support the Royal British Legion and the Poppy Appeal

Poppy for your window
Download and print the iconic A4 poster of the Remembrance Poppy to display at home and show your support for the Armed Forces community. 
Download a full colour poster or one that you (or someone you know) can enjoy colouring >

Every Poppy Counts
You can purchase Poppy Appeal products by visiting the Poppy Shop website, where you can choose from a selection of items including Lapel Poppy, Remembrance Tribute (Choose from a wooden Cross, Sikh Khanda, Hindu Aum, Secular Tribute, Star, or Crescent Moon) or even a Car Poppy.

As well as Poppy Pins and brooches, there is also a choice of jewellery, bags, accessories, homeware and clothing available from the Poppy Shop.

100% of the profits from the Poppy Shop go towards funding the Legion’s ongoing work in supporting the Armed Forces community, serving and ex-serving personnel and their families.

What is the inspiration and history behind the poppy becoming a symbol of Remembrance?
The red poppy is a symbol of both Remembrance and hope for a peaceful future and poppies are worn as a show of support for the Armed Forces community - find out more

Get Involved
As a result of Covid-19 restrictions, it may be necessary for individuals and communities to consider new ways of performing Remembrance activities, whether at Remembrance or any other time of the year. To give you a helping hand, the Royal British Legion have put together a wide-range of suggested Covid safe activities that are inexpensive to create - find out more

Cenotaph unveiled 1920

The Cenotaph in Southampton


6 November 2020 marks 100 years since the unveiling of the Sir Edward Lutyens designed Cenotaph.  The memorial was the first of dozens by Lutyens to be built in permanent form and it influenced his later designs, including The Cenotaph on Whitehall in London. 

The image on the left is from Southampton's unveiling event in 1920. The image below is from a Remembrance Service in 1921.
Images Credit - Southampton Archives.

Cenotaph Service 1921

In November 1918, newly elected Mayor Sidney Kimber initiated plans for a Southampton war memorial.
A Committee was set up to oversee the proposals and in the process consulted Sir Edwin Lutyens, a nationally respected architect who had designed many major buildings and war cemeteries.

Lutyens was asked to submit a design for a memorial and suggested Watts Park as a suitable location.

The approved design included a single empty sarcophagus or cenotaph, supported by a plinth on top of a pillar, with pine cones (signifying eternity) mounted on urns on each side.

The monument was intended to encourage a perception of the soldier having fallen in a peaceful, ‘beautiful death’. The face of the soldier looks skywards and is not visible from the ground, allowing the onlooker to imagine the soldier is their own lost relative.

The Cenotaph was unveiled by General John Seely (Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire) at a public ceremony on 6 November 1920.
The names of Southampton’s Fallen Heroes are inscribed on the walls of the Cenotaph. They are also on the green glass Memorial Walls located either side of the Cenotaph, which include names of the dead of the Second World War, and those who had died in subsequent conflicts.

Councillor Sue Blatchford, Mayor of Southampton, will be telling the story of The Cenotaph which will also be shared on Council social media channels on the anniversary.

Find out more about the history of The Cenotaph in Southampton.

Click for a 360' view Sir Edwin Lutyens designed Cenotaph

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