On a windy but thankfully rain-free afternoon, some thirty members of the Dunedin Society gathered to pay their respects to the men of HMS Dunedin who lost their lives in the South Atlantic in November 1941. After a brief welcome from Chris Broadway, the service began at 1320. This moment marks the time that the first torpedo was fired and the service – as usual – carried on through 1326 when two torpedoes hit and fatally holed Dunedin. Two Royal Marine buglers were on duty for the Last Post and Reveille and wreaths were laid at the end of the service. President of the Society, Bill Gill, recited the Exhortation and Jim Davis read the Kohima Epitaph. It was, once again, a moving and poignant service for the men of HMS Dunedin.
Afterwards, everyone went back to the Royal Maritime Club for lunch and later – for those who stayed – dinner. There was much chatting and reminiscing with and among the survivors. Another wonderful Dunedin occasion for which the organisers David Allen and Karen Kebby can justly take the credit.
Below are a few photos and images of the order of service – click on a thumbnail to view larger image.