Declared Monuments in Hong Kong - Hong Kong Island
The Cenotaph was unveiled on 24 May 1923 by the then Governor Sir Edward Stubbs. It is the earliest memorial formally constructed to commemorate the dead of the First World War in Hong Kong.
The Cenotaph was initially inscribed with the words “The Glorious Dead” and the years of the First World War, i.e. “1914-1918”. The years “1939-1945” were subsequently added to honour victims of the Second World War. In the 1980s, eight Chinese characters “英魂不朽 浩氣長存” ( meaning “May their martyred souls be immortal, and their noble spirits endure”) were carved on one side of the Cenotaph corresponding to the inscription “The Glorious Dead” to make it clear that the Cenotaph commemorates all who fell, especially those who fell in the defence of Hong Kong. Commemorative activities are still held by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and other relevant associations at the Cenotaph every year.