Islanders mark sinking of HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne
Monday 30th September 2013, 11:30AM BST.
HUNDREDS of islanders were involved with the last official HMS Charybdis and HMS Limbourne Memorial Weekend.
While the Sunday memorial service will continue, the rest of the events will be scaled back as the number of survivors from the two ships reduces.
The vessels hold a special significance for islanders, as more than 5,000 of them turned out for the burial of the 21 bodies of the crewmen who were washed up on Guernsey’s shore in 1943. It was one of the acts of defiance during the German Occupation because attendance was forbidden.
Despite being in their 80s, six survivors from the two ships travelled to Guernsey and took part in the events. The weekend started with a dinner on Friday night, a church service at St John’s on Sunday morning and a parade and service at Le Foulon in the afternoon.
Guernsey Association of Royal Navy and Royal Marines president David Amory said he was pleased with the weekend. ‘It has all gone very well,’ he said.
While this is the last official weekend, as the remaining survivors are getting older, some have pledged that they will return.
A commemorative four-page pullout is in today’s Guernsey Press.