Royal Marine Memorial - South West Coast Path, Emmetts Hill, Nr Chapman's Pool, Dorset, UK
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragontree
N 50° 35.470 W 002° 03.564
30U E 566579 N 5604784
Quick Description: This memorial faces out to sea remembering all the Royal Marines who have been killed between 1945 and 1990. It is such a beautiful, isolated spot where you would not expect to find such a memorial.
Location: Southern England, United Kingdom
Date Posted: 12/14/2011 6:11:05 AM
Waymark Code: WMDAE3
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member dejf75
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Long Description:
Consisting of a large stone with an inscription the memorial is located on the cliff-top at the rear of a small, enclosed memorial garden. Access is via a stone stile and sea-loving plants have been thoughtfully placed round the stone walls. A few poppy wreaths are secured by the stone and a large stone table and benches are centrally located in the garden.

Wikipedia describes the memorial: visit link

'Emmetts Hill Memorial

The Royal Marines Association memorial garden at Emmetts Hill was initiated following the IRA attack on the Royal Marines Barracks Deal, home and training centre for the Royal Marines Band Service, in September 1989. The originator and organiser for the project was Colin Dishington, a member of the Dorset Branch of the RMA, since renamed the Poole and District Branch. A suitable site was chosen on an exposed headland looking out over the wild seas of Kimmeridge Bay with a view down to Chapmans Pool and along the rugged Jurassic coastline to Portland. The site also overlooks a training area used by the Royal Marines both during WW2 and since, plus it fitted the beauty and tranquillity required for the memorial location. The land, which is within the boundary of the Enscombe estate, was freely given by the then owner David Scott (Lt Col retd) and right of access to the site is written into the deeds of the tenant farmer. lt was decided to add to the initial Deal inscription as it remembered Royal Marines lost in all the conflicts from 1945-1990. In 2005 a new stone was added to remember the ongoing losses of Royal Marines in current conflicts over recent years as they strive to bring peace to our troubled world. A service of dedication was conducted by the Rev W Aires with the stone unveiled by Maj Gen F C Barton CB CBE RM on 19 August 2006. Each year since the unveiling, a service has been conducted by the RMA at the memorial. The calls are sounded by a serving RM Bugler from the RM Band Service. Details of the monument are registered with the lmperial War Museum's Monument section and local guides give reference to it. Access to the site is by footpath from the car park at Renscombe Farm. The original three bar wooden rail fence has been replaced by a Purbeck stone wall to blend in with the stone walls of the area and gives better protection to the garden which is maintained by volunteers from the Poole and District RMA. As the site is on the main coastal path many people pause to reflect at the memorial or as a resting point on their walk to enjoy the views. The ashes of RMA members have also been scattered in the monument gardens and the families of those lost and resting elsewhere often visit the site, a truly peaceful and fitting memorial to the Members of the Royal Marines family who have given their lives since WW2.'

Type of Memorial: Non-Specific Memorial

In Honor Of: Royal Marines

Marker Text:
The inscription reads as follows: 'The table and the benches have been built by the Royal Marines Association Dorset Branch to the memory of all Royal Marines killed 1945 - 1990 Royal Marines School of Music, Deal, Falklands, Northern Ireland, Middle and Far East. Rest awhile and reflect that we who are living can enjoy the beauty of the sea and countryside.' Below the large stone is a smaller kerb stone which reads: 'This plaque is dedicated to all ROYAL MARINES who have died in the service of their country since 1990.'


Date of dedication: 1989 and then 19th August 2006

Who Put it Here?: Royal Marines Association Dorset Branch

Description of Memorial:
A stunning location overlooking the sea, Kimmeridge Bay and coastline. Behind the memorial rolling countryside with farmland, quarries and villages lie. We found the memorial by chance as we walked the coast path from Chapman's Pool to St Aldhelm's Head.


Wars mentioned (Multi-war only): Not listed

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