Victoria Park Portsmouth

HMS Victoria

Victoria Park Monument Memorial

Location
On the main walk through Victoria Park.

Description
Rectangular stone surmounted by needle shaped rectangular plinth. 1300mms square.

Inscription (Front)

TO THE OFFICERS AND MENWHO LOST THEIR LIVES ONBOARD H.M.S. VICTORIA

JUNE 22nd 1893.

Erected by the survivors.

(See panels below for the names of the lost.)

The memorial was originally erected in what was then the Town Square, but was removed to Victoria Park in 1903, at the request of the survivors, in order to offer it better protection.

 

Inscription (Left Side)

VICE ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE TRYON K.C.B.
LIEUT. PHILIP H. MUNRO.CHAP. AND NAV. INSTR. REVD. SAMUEL S.O.M. MORRIS M.A.
FLT.PAYTR. VALENTINE D.J. RICKCORD. FLT. ENGR. FELIX FOREMAN. ENGR. FREDERICK G. HARDING
ASST. ENGRS. HENRY C. DEADMAN, WILLIAM E. HATHERLY, WILLIAM R. SEATON
GUNR.(T) WILLIAM HOWELL, BOSN.(S) WILLIAM BARNARD, CARPR. PHILIP H. BEALL
MID. LESLIE INGLIS, ARTHUR C. GRIEVE, AYSCOUGH G.H. FAWKES, HERBERT M. LANYON
MID. WALTER E. HENLEY, HAROLD W. GAMBIER, LAURENCE J.P. SCARLETT, FRASER S. STOOKS
CLK. TO SECY. HENRY R. ALLEN, ASST. CLK. ARTHUR D. SAVAGE
EVENS, J.E.
ARMSTRONG, J.A.
JONES, MATTW.
WHITE, WILLM.
WHITMAN, WM.
ARMSTRONG, WM.
BALL, FCS.E.
CHEETHAM, WM.H.
MOORS, HENY.J.
SILLICK, W.J.
STANLEY, WM.G.
VITTLES, JAS.S.S.
RALLS, JAS.T.
CROOMER, HY.
THOMAS, SAML.
CHRISTMAS, WR.
COOK, JAS.
LEE, HY.G.
WHITE, EDWD.J.
GRAY, GEO.S.
BROWN, TIMY.
DRISCOLL, MICHL.
HOPKINS, GEO.H.
MARTIN, BENJN.S.
NEWMAN, JNO.
NIGHTSCALES, BERD.
WHEELER, JNS.W.
GALLOWAY, THOS.
CACCIOTTOLO, GSPE.
THOMAS, RICHD.
TAYLOR, J.P.H.
BANTING, C.H.
BURGON, HY.
DUBBER, GEO.
BROWN, WM.
COLLINS, FCS.W.
HARDWICK, WM.
McGRATH, DNS.
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SILCOCK, JNO.
TAYLOR, WM.
TROTT, SAML.
WEEKS, HY.G.
WILLIAMS, RICHD.
DAWES, HY.
FLANAGAN, TY.
WARDER, CHAS.
WRIGHT, R.H.
BROWN, JAS.
HOPKINS, JNO.J.
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SCICLUNA, ANTO.
TILTMAN, ED.
BARSTOW, J.W.
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FIDLER, EDWD.A.
GANGE, HENY.
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LESTER, BENJN.
MARTIN, RICHD.
MURPHY, MICHL.
RABBETTS, F.W.
FARO, GEO.J.
TOMES, FREDK.
AKEHURST, THOS.
BAKER, GEO.H.
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COLEMAN, CHAS.
COOPER, THOS.
COX, WILLM.R.
CRAIG, WILLM.
DAVEY, CHAS.
DIBBENS, WM.H.
DOYLE, CORNLS.
FINCH, FREDK.
FISHER, CHAS.
FLINTHAM, BARTW.
FOGDEN, WM.
FROST, GEO.H.
GARNHAM, FRED.
GIBSON, ARTR.D.
GREEN, RCBT.
GRIFFITHS, ALF.H.
HALL, WILLM.
HAFKER, FREDK.W.
HORTON, HARLEY
IRONS, EDWD.J.
KINLOUGH, W.B.
LAKE, JOHN
LANDER, GEO.
LOFTHOUSE, GEO.F.
MASON, FRANK
McFADDEN, JAS.
MILLER, GEO.
NELSON, GEO.
NICHOLLS, MARTIN
PAGE, JOHN
PAGE, WILLM.A.
PARSONS, GEO.
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PHELPS, ALBT.
PRIVETT, HARRY
PULLEN, JOH.
RAMSHAW, J.C.
ROOK, THOS.
SIMMONS, JACB.
STEDMAN. JNO.H.
STOWELL, CHS.
TOTHILL, ROBT.J.
VAIL, WILLM.S.
WEST, FRED
WRAIGHT, THOS.
HAINES, A.
BASSON, JPH.
BUCKETT, ARTR.
BUSUTTIL, GIOVI.
CHALKLEY, WM.E.
CLUETT, GEO.
COLLINS, SIDY.A.
CONWAY, JAS.
COOPER, WILLM.
COX, WALTR.H.
DAVIS, HENY.
DUCKWORTH, WR.
EDWARDS, CHAS.
FLYNN, GEO.
GRIFFIN, HARY.G.
HOWGATE, THOS.G.
HICKS, JNO.G.
HOLLEY, FREDK.R.
JELLEY, THOS.A.
JOHNSON, CORNLS.
JOHNSON, WM.N.
JOYCE, ALFD.*
LAMB, GEO.
LIMBURN, HERBT.M.
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Inscription (Right Side)

MARTINELLI, GIOI.
McCORMACK, THOS.
NEW, JNO.J.
PENFOLD, WM.R.
PITT, CHAS.
POOLE, FRANK
ROBERTS, HARY.R.
SALMON, CHAS.
SANFORD, LEWIS.H.
SALTER, JOHN
SCIBBERAS, MICLI.
SMITH, JAS.
(ALIAS COPPLESTONE)
SPENCER, JNO.
SPURLING, HERB.
STRIBLING, WM.G.
WHEATLEY, JAS.J.
WILLIAMS, HY.
WOODGATE, NICLS.
PAYNE, T.
GOOD, CHS.H.
MANTLE, HY.W.
PAVIA, EMALE.
COXHEAD, WM.N.
ARMFIELD, EDWD.
BAYNES, FREDK.
BLACKWELL, CHAS.
BONNICK, HY.S.
BRAMLEY, WILLM.
BURGES, GEO.
CARVANA, CARLO
CHARTERS, AUGS.T.
DENNIS, WILLM.
HERD, WILLM.
JOLLIFFE, JAS.E.
JOHNSON, JAS.L.
KINGSTON, JAS.W.
LONG, EDWD.
MARTIN, FRED.
PARSONS, HY.S.
PAYNE, WM.F.
PERRY, ARTR.S.
POLLYBLANK, E.
ROBBINS, ALFD.
SOUGHTON, WM.
STATHAM, STANY.E.
STENNER, LIOL.B.
TIPPLE, ROBT.
TOMKINS, CHAS.
TOOZE, STEPHN.
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WEARN, WILLM.
WOOD, JAS.W.
DAVIS, EWD.H.W.
McDOUGALL, T.
VANSTONE, AT.J.
AUSTIN, C.H.
BIRD, GEO.
BIRD, JNO.C.A.
BOUSHER, W.
BRADLEY, ECR.
BROWN, WM.F.
COLLIER, JPH.
DICKENS, HARY.
FLOYD, CHAS.
GOLLEDGE, FRNK.
HOLTON, RICHD.
JAMES, HENY.
LEARY, WM.H.
LONG, ALBERT
PARDOE, WM.H.
PARRY, ALBT.
PHILLBRICK, G.W.
PRINCE, THOS.
THELWELL, HERBT.
TOWERS, MATTW.
WARREN, WM.A.
ABRAHAM, JNO.
BEXXINA, LORZA.
BLOOMFIELD, C.H.
HOLLOWAY, C.H.
KIMPTON, G.F.
LEE, JAS.W.
PORTELLI, SPO.
SOULE, EDWD.
SPITARI, MAOL.
TIPPETT, CHAS.
HILLS, R.A.W.
LEONARD, SAML.
STORR, JAS.
BURLO, ENRO.
BONAVIRI, SALV.
COCO, SALVTE.
DE MASO, CAETO.
MELI, ANGO.
PARNIS, SALVTE.
SFORZA, GIOVI.
TAYLOR, OST.A.
TEDESCHI, VINZO.
URSO, VINZO.
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STARK, WALTR.
HOPKINS, W.J.
TRESIAS, JON.W.
ASHBY, FRED.
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BARBER, JNO.H.
COOK, GEO.C.
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DUNSTER, W.G.
EDGECOMBE, G.E.
FORSYTH, JAS.
GILLAM, JNO.E.
MILLER, JAS.
ORMAN, GEO.W.
POULSON, W.H.
PERKINS, O.M.
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SEYMOUR, W.H.
SCHWAFATY, J.F.MARINESHOLNESS, T.
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HEAYSMAN, G.H.
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CARTER, T.J.
CORCORAN, C.J.
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DRAPER, G.T.
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SNITH, F.C.
TAYLOR, HARRY
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THOMAS, F.L.
THOMPSON, HY.
VINLINER, JNO.
WAKEFORD, WM.
WARD, ELIJAH
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The Sinking of HMS Victoria

 

Further Information
HMS VICTORIA was a Victoria Class turret ship of the Royal Navy. Built by Elswick, engines by Humphreys and launched 9/6/1887. Completed sea trials 1889. On completion she became flagship in the Mediterranean of Admiral George Tryon. In course of evolutions off the coast of Syria 22/6/1893, she was rammed and sunk by HMS CAMPERDOWN, the ship gradually turned over and suddenly turned turtle and capsized. The disaster cost the lives of Admiral George Tryon and 321 officers and men. Among the survivors was John Jellicoe, the Executive Officer, who went on to become the C in C of the Grand Fleet in WW1, arguably Britain’s greatest Admiral since Nelson.

In 2004 the wreck of the Victoria was discovered by diver Christian Francis. She was found in 140 metres of water off the coast near Tripoli in Lebanon and was located using sonar. The most amazing aspect of the wreck is that unlike all others she sits vertically with about two thirds of her above the sea bed. The upright position is assumed to have been caused by the huge weight of her fore guns which would have dragged her down bow first. The wreck has already been declared a war grave and an exclusion zone has been imposed around her whilst the English and Lebanese authorities determine her legal status. For details of how the wreck was discovered and the dives that were made on her see www.lebanondivers.com

Below is a YouTube video of a dive on the wreck of HMS Victoria, one of several on You Tube.

 

 

Christian Francis also brought to our attention the fact that 6 bodies were recovered from the sea after the sinking and were buried in a special cemetery in Tripoli (see photo). The Ottoman Sultan had offered a piece of land on which the cemetery was built. He did this as a sign of friendship towards the UK and a plaque witnessing this is also placed inside the cemetery’s walls.

 

Memorial to Admiral Tryon

There is a memorial to Admiral Tryon at St Nicholas’s Church, Bulwick, Northamptonshire (see photo). The inscription reads as follows

VICE ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE TRYON K.C.B
3RD SON OF THOMAS TRYON. BORN JANUARY 4TH 1832

A man of great energy, zeal and resource who earned a world wide reputation as seaman, strategist and tactician he was wounded in the trenches before Sebastopol, Director of Naval transports Abyssinian War, Commander in Chief on the Australian and finally the Mediterranean station where he died heroically at his post when H.M.S. Victoria sank June 22 1893. Much loved and deeply mourned.

The 20th Anniversary of the Disaster

The photo on the left was kindly sent in by Richard Taylor, Secretary of the Naval Historical Collectors & Research Association. It shows a crowd of people around the Victoria Memorial in Victoria Park on the 20th Anniversary of the sinking of HMS Victoria. We would welcome any further information about the event.

Other Memorials associated with the HMS Victoria Disaster

The Memorials to Midshipman Herbert M Lanyon in St Jude’s Church and Fleet Engineer Felix Foreman in Highland Road Cemetery.

SEE ALSO: The Australian Dictionary of Biography which gives a full account of Tryon’s more successful times in Australia.

 

The People's Park

Map of the park

    Key

  • marker

    Monuments

  • marker

    Aviary

  • marker

    Fountain

  • marker

    Adventure Playground

  • marker

    Rose Garden

  • marker

    Cafe

  • marker

    Woodland Area

  • marker

    Nearest Bus Stops

  • marker

    Nearest Train Station