The memorial is set into the floor in the south-western corner of the nave (see Cathedral Plan).
IN MEMORY OF
534 ROYAL NAVAL BOY SEAMEN
AGED 16 &: 17 YEARS OLD
KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION IN WORLD WAR II
SERVING THEIR KING &: COUNTRY IN 80 WARSHIPS
"We will remember them"
This memorial, unveiled in 2012, was inspired by war veteran Jim Reed who had joined the Royal Navy aged just 15 years and served with HMS Iron Duke and HMS Glasgow. It was his research that assembled a list of 534 names of the Boy Seamen, 125 of whom were lost when HMS Royal Oak was torpedoed in Scapa Flow in 1939. A further 71 were among the sailors who died when HMS Hood was sunk by the German Battleship Bismarck.