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The Tower Hill Memorial is a pair of Commonwealth War Graves Commission memorials in Trinity Square, on Tower Hill in London, England. The memorials, one for the First World War and one for the Second, commemorate more than 36,000 men and women of the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets who were killed as a result of enemy action and have no known grave. The dead are named on bronze panels ordered by the ships they served on. The first memorial, the Mercantile Marine War Memorial (pictured), was commissioned following the heavy losses sustained by merchant shipping in the First World War. It was designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and unveiled by Queen Mary in 1928. The second, the Merchant Seamen's Memorial, is a semi-circular sunken garden designed by Sir Edward Maufe and unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II in November 1955. A third memorial, commemorating merchant sailors who were killed in the 1982 Falklands War, was added to the site in 2005. The memorials to the world wars are listed buildings. (Full article...)
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Irish rugby-union player Brian O'Driscoll had 47 tries during his international career. He is a former captain of Ireland and also captained the British and Irish Lions. O'Driscoll, who spent the majority of his career playing at centre, made 133 appearances for Ireland, and his 46 tries set an Irish record. In addition to this, he made eight appearances for the Lions and scored one try, which occurred during the Lions' victory over Australia on the 2001 tour. O'Driscoll sits eighth on the all-time try-scorers record list, and is also top of the all-time try-scoring list for the Six Nations, with 26. He scored his first try for Ireland during his fourth match, against the United States in the 1999 Rugby World Cup at Lansdowne Road. O'Driscoll scored multiple tries in a single international on six occasions; included in these were two hat-tricks. (Full list...)