Plymouth Naval Memorial stands proud on the Hoe, overlooking Plymouth Sound.
It commemorates 23,226 naval personnel of both world wars who were lost or buried at sea.
Unveiled by Prince George in 1924, an extension was opened by Princess Margaret in 1954.
I visited it in the early 90s, to see the name of my mum’s dad. Able Seaman Samuel Bond, from Liverpool, died in September 1939 when the aircraft carrier HMS Courageous was torpedoed by a U-boat. You can also pay your respects to the nation’s fallen sailors at Chatham and Portsmouth. NIGEL THOMPSON