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Halifax Naval Memorial

Updated 03-Jan-2017

This listing contains basic information and photos of the Halifax Naval Memorial in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. Three Canadian (non Newfoundland) members of H.M.S. Hood's final crew are listed here. Chatham-based men. Special thanks to Bernie O'Neill of Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada for the photos and a good deal of the information seen here.

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Halifax Naval Memorial
Halifax Naval Memorial. Click to enlarge.

Background
The Halifax Memorial was erected by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in 1967. It serves to commemorate the war dead of the then Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). The memorial is mostly of granite construction. It features an octagonal base topped by a cross nearly 40 feet tall. Around the base are large bronze panels which feature the names of approximately 3,000 Canadian servicemen and servicewomen who died or were otherwise buried at sea.

The dedication is in both English and French. It reads as follows:
"1914 - 1918 1939 - 1945 IN HONOUR OF THE MEN AND WOMEN OF THE NAVY, ARMY AND MERCHANT NAVY OF CANADA WHOSE NAMES ARE INSCRIBED HERE. THEIR GRAVES ARE UNKNOWN BUT THEIR MEMORY SHALL ENDURE"

Map showing approximate location of Halifax Naval MemorialLocation/Directions
The memorial is located in Point Pleasant Park, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. The park is situated on the southern tip of the city. It features many hiking trails as well as a number of historical landmarks. The park is only about 1/2 hour (by foot) from the citys public gardens. Automobiles are not permitted on the grounds, however, there is a car park situated very close by. The park is open during daylight hours.

The Naval Memorial is located on the eastern side of the park along the waters edge. It is positioned so that it is the first and last item seen by ships entering/exiting Halifax. See map below for details:

Location of Hood Panels/Names
Three Hood crewmen are listed here. They are Midshipmen Thomas Beard, Francis Jones and Christopher Norman of the RCN. Note- There were also just under 20 men from Newfoundland lost in Hood. However, at the time of their deaths, Newfoundland was not part of Canada. Thus, the Newfoundlanders are not listed on the Halifax Memorial.

Hood's RCN casualties are listed on Panel 5, under the year 1941. Panel 5 is located (when facing the front of the memorial) two panels to the right of the main dedication plaque.

Photos
Below are various views of the Halifax Naval Memorial as it appeared in 2002. Click on any photo to view an enlarged version.

The dedication plaque   View of the Halifax Naval Memorial   Panel 5 (centre)   Close-up of Panel 5 showing Hood casualties

Related Links
Additional information about this memorial can be found at the following locations: