North-West of the Church building, adjacent to St Mary's Road
World War 1 Memorial Cross erected by the Portsea Parishioners.

WW1 Memorial Cross, St Marys Church

Further Information
[Extract from the Friends of War Memorials web site.]
During the First World War communities made lists of local men and women who were serving. As news of casualties reached home these lists became revered objects; often placed outside churches and other conspicuous sites, they became decked with flowers. After the Armistice, decisions were made to build permanent memorials (although some were built during the war years). Memorials took many forms, for example, village halls or cottage hospitals as well as the more familiar public monument. The most usual method of funding was public subscription. A committee would be formed which included representatives of local government and other prominent individuals. Their task was to oversee the funding and construction of a memorial. Many committees held public meetings where the views of local people could be heard and when decisions about the type and site of the memorial could be made. There was no legislation about the building of memorials, the impetus and methods employed were ad hoc and varied from place to place. Some memorials were sited outside churches or in churchyards, where a faculty from the local diocese had to be obtained, sometimes the local landowners gave a piece of land for the purpose, or the memorial could be sited at a place which was regarded as public. Sometimes this was allocated by the local council, but often it was common land felt to belong to everybody.