A memorial service has been held at HMS Collingwood to remember a wartime tragedy that claimed 1415 lives exactly eighty years ago, on 24th May.
The Establishment’s Commanding Officer Captain Catherine Jordan RN, Executive Officer Commander Terry Tyack and Base Warrant Officer 1 Martin Watson assembled for the service in Hood Building which was opened in 2004 by the last survivor of the sinking, Ted Briggs.
Captain Jordan laid a wreath at a display in front of the roll of honour and paused to reflect on the sacrifice made by so many. The display is a visual representation of the respect and honour the loss of the crew inspires in today’s sailors, symbolised by a transparent figure seated in a chair. An LED candle flickered in honour of the HMS Hood Association’s Shine a Light campaign. The wreath was handmade by PR and Events Coordinator Kelly Eaton and after the ceremony it will then be donated to the HMS Hood Association.
Speaking of the anniversary, Captain Jordan said, “Taking the time to conduct this Act of Remembrance today in our very own Hood building, is vitally important to remember the sacrifice of the 1,415 crew of HMS Hood eighty years ago. It is an example of how military personnel have always been prepared to give their today to protect the nation’s tomorrow.”
Featured image – Public Domain – HMS Hood in the 1930s on the sea.
Photographs below courtesy of Keith Woodland, Crown Copyright