Monument

WW1 memorial - Norway

St Olav's Church - SE16
WW1 memorial - Norway
Inscription

To the memory of 2101 seamen who staked and gave their lives under the flag of Norway in the great war, 1914 - 1918.
In the sight of the unwise they seemed to die. Wis III.2.

Erected by the shipowners of Norway

The quotation comes from one of the apocrypha, the Wisdom of Solomon, 3.2. 

The south face of this monument fronts the road and the inscription is in English. The north face is inside the garden and the inscription is repeated there in Norwegian.

Site: St Olav's Church - SE16 (9 memorials)

SE16, St Olav's Square, St Olav's Church

St Olav's Church was designed by John Love Seaton Dahl. Crown Prince Olav was present at the laying of the foundation stone, 1926, and then at the consecration, 1927. During WW2 this was the church used by King Haakon VII and the Norwegian government in exile. It is one of over 30 churches around the world run by the Norwegian Church Abroad, also known as The Norwegian Seamen’s Church.

Serendipitously the Google Streetview of September 2017 captured the Haakon bust covered with a veil, presumably just hours before the photo captured here.

The Ebenezer Church plaque is in the garden in front of the church in the centre of the northern wall.

The Fallen plaque is laid into the ground of the garden, at the foot of the WW1 memorial.

The three 'St Olav' plaques are attached low on the west front of the building.

At Surrey Docks we have an 1889 map which shows the road layouts before the Rotherhithe Tunnel roundabout arrived.

This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
WW1 memorial - Norway

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Norwegian seamen who died in WW1

Wikipedia states that Norway was neutral during WW1 (though friendly towards ...

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Ebenezer Church - Prince Oscar

Ebenezer Church - Prince Oscar

This is the foundation stone from the Norwegian church that preceded St Olavs...

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Haakon VII

Haakon VII

From Royal House of Norway: "The bust of King Haakon ... is a variation of th...

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King Olav V of Norway

King Olav V of Norway

{Beneath a bas-relief of the king:} Olav V, Norges Konge, 80 år 1983. H.M. Ko...

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St Olav's Church - 1926 - foundation stone

St Olav's Church - 1926 - foundation stone

Den Norske Siomannsmision, St Olavs Kirke Denne Kirkes grunnsten blev lagt av...

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St Olav's Church - 1977

St Olav's Church - 1977

Kronprins Olav var tilstede ved kirkens innvielse, 26 Juni 1927 Kong Olav V B...

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