Heritage & Monuments

The Malta Siege Bell Memorial

Malta / Europe

The Malta Siege Bell War Memorial was unveiled by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in May 1992 on the 50th anniversary of the Siege of Malta to commemorate all those who died between 1940 and 1943, whether in Malta or in the many convoys that were sent to Malta to relieve the island. The Memorial is made up of two parts, both of which were designed by the British sculptor, Michael Sandle, RA.The Bell Tower, which is 50 metres high, contains the Santa Maria Bell, which commemorates the Pedestal Convoy that arrived from Gibraltar on 15th August 1942, the day of the feast of Santa Maria. The convoy brought 55,000 tons of vital supplies to Malta, enabling the besieged island to fight on for several months more, despite the sinking of an aircraft carrier, a destroyer, two cruisers and nine merchant vessels. The tanker, Ohio, heavily torpedoed, limped into the Grand Harbour between two destroyers.The other part of the memorial is a bronze figure of a recumbent corpse (6 metres long), wrapped in a shroud, reaching out towards the Grand Harbour, symbolising the 7,000 people who lost their lives during the Second World War.

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