Mystery initials found on top of memorial

Initials carved onto the copper dome at the top of the War Memroial on Southsea seafront.
Initials carved onto the copper dome at the top of the War Memroial on Southsea seafront.
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LETTERS have been found carved on top of Portsmouth’s Naval Memorial by workers who are restoring the monument.

Members of the team who are carrying out a restoration project on behalf of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) were surprised to find the graffiti.

They spotted that the initials ‘J’ and ‘A’ have been somehow etched into the dome of the memorial.

Matt Morris, media manager for the CWGC, said: ‘The initials are a piece of graffiti that are somehow on top of the dome.

‘We’re not sure how they got there or who did it – it was a surprising find.’

The memorial on Southsea Common was designed to commemorate 10,000 sailors from the First World War and 15,000 from the Second World War who died at sea.

As previously reported in The News, work to renovate the memorial began in March.

The restoration was due to be completed in June, but due to bad weather, work is now expected to finish on July 12.

For more information about the project visit cwgc.org.