United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials
 The Imperial War Museum

NEUTRAL IRISH REGISTERED VESSELS

Our Ref: 51083

Address

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM
Croxall Rd
ALREWAS
STAFFORDSHIRE
England
DE13 7AR
 
Type:Tree, Avenue or Grove
OS Map Ref:SK 188 147

Inscription

DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE WHO WERE SERVING ON THE FOLLOWING NEUTRAL IRISH REGISTERED VESSELS/ LOST AS A RESULT OF GERMAN ACTION/ 1939 - 1945/ ESPECIALLY REMEMBERING THE 149 SEAMEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES/ (SHIP NAMES)

Plaque 2: [exact wording unknown]/ (Names)

Components

ComponentMaterial(s)HeightWidthDepthCondition
PLAQUEMETAL   Good
PLINTHBRICK   Good

Physical Description

TREE WITH DEDICATORY RECTANGULAR BLUE COLOURED METAL PLAQUE SET INTO THE TOP OF A BRICK PLINTH.

SECOND PLAQUE FIXED TO THE FRONT OF THE PLINTH

IRISH FLAG DEPICTED AT THE TOP CENTRE OF THE PLAQUE

Wars Commemorated & People Remembered

WarSecond World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial:5
Served & Returned0
Died5
Is this an exact count?Yes, an exact count
How are the names ordered?Not known
What information is listed on the memorial? surname, additional
Do we hold a list of names on the memorial?No

Maintenance

Are the letters difficult to read?No
Who is responsible for the memorial?

Irish Seamen's Relatives Association is responsible for the memorial while the maintenance is by the National Arboretum.

Maintenance History:

2007: plaque was refurbished by the National Arboretum and an additional plaque was fixed to the front of the plinth dedicated to five Irish born Merchant Seaman captured while serving on British ships and who lost their lives in the Arbeitserziehungslager Nazi Slave Labour camp, Bremen, Farge, 1943 - 45.

Ceremonies

Not known

Sponsorships

Sponsorship Type:None
Did this include a trust or scholarship?No
Did this include a roll of honour?NOT APPLICABLE
Cost of Site:Not known
Cost of Memorial:Not known
Comments on Costs:

Craftsmen

Not known

References

Co-ordinator's Comments:

Plaque commemorates 149 merchant seamen from Ireland, Latvia, UK, Norway and Argentina who lost their lives during WW2 on neutral Irish vessels.

Comments: 
Photographs:1
Other Documents:None
Form / Letter:F
Negatives:Yes
Drawings / Plans:No
Minutes:No