War memorial finally gets a facelift

Portsmouth Naval Memorial under renovation
Portsmouth Naval Memorial under renovation
Detectorist Chris Belcher-Banes with the dog tag lost over 70 years ago during World War II that he found buried in a field Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency

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WORK to renovate the Portsmouth Naval War Memorial has started after years of neglect.

As reported last year some of the names on Southsea Common’s memorial had become barely visible after being left to corrode.

Officials from the War Memorials Trust, which campaigns to protect war memorials from falling into disrepair, visited the site last year and recommended a specialist metals expert be drafted in to reverse the damage.

Work to clean and renovate the memorial, which commemorates those who died in the first and second world wars, began on Monday March 26 is expect to be completed by Friday June 22, weather permitting. Access to all named panels on the lower terrace will be maintained to the public, but access to the upper terrace and panels on the obelisk itself will be limited while the work takes place.

It is part of a series of projects by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, which maintains graveyards and memorials around the world.