Designed by Sir William Goscombe John (1860-1952) and erected in 1916 it takes the form of a 14.6m high obelisk with an Egyptian scene at the top and statues of engineers above the plinth. There are depictions of Water, Earth, Sea and Fire on each corner and it is surmounted by a gilded flame.
The memorial was originally intended to be for the engineers serving on the RMS Titanic who stayed at their posts on the tragic night of 15th April 1912 ensuring that the stricken liner had electricity and other amenities for as long as possible.
However, World War I broke out before its completion and its dedication was broadened to include all maritime engine room fatalities incurred during the performance of duty.
The memorial is an early example of a monument raised for working men.
Some damaged stonework received from shrapnel damage during Second World War bombing raids can be seen.
On the North face is inscribed -
"IN HONOUR OF / ALL HEROES OF THE / MARINE ENGINE ROOM / THIS MEMORIAL / WAS ERECTED BY / INTERNATIONAL SUBSCRIPTION"
Inscription on the South face reads-
"THE BRAVE DO NOT DIE / THEIR DEEDS LIVE FOR EVER / AND CALL UPON US / TO EMULATE THEIR COURAGE / AND DEVOTION TO DUTY"