In memory of HMS Dunedin and her Men

Memorial

Since its dedication on 26 July 2003, the Dunedin Memorial plinth at the National Memorial Arboretum has provided a lasting tribute to the men who gave their lives when HMS Dunedin was sunk in 1941.

The National Memorial Arboretum, 26th July 2003

Alrewas, Staffordshire
Dedication of the HMS Dunedin Memorial Plinth

05560006Nearly two hundred members of the Dunedin Society gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum on 26th July 2003 to dedicate the HMS Dunedin Memorial plinth and oak. When a crowd this size congregates to mark an event that took place more than sixty-two years ago, one knows that something special has taken place. And so it was at the Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, where the memory of HMS Dunedin and the men who served and died in her was given a fixed and lasting tribute for future generations to visit.

For details of the Arboretum go to the National Arboretum Memorial web site .

05560005The Arboretum is young, spread over a vast open field spotted with saplings no more than a few feet high. Stand at one end of its 150 acres and you can see clear to the other side. This wide open view will change with the seasons and the years as the Arboretum turns into a forest of dedication to the men and women who died so that we might live.

On 26th July, the young and the old – sons, daughters, grandsons, granddaughters, brothers, sisters, wives, nephews and nieces of the ship’s company, and the four known living survivors – witnessed and participated in the dedication ceremony. The Service was led by Cdr David Childs and included an honour guard of Sea Cadets and the Royal British Legion, a piper and a Royal Marine bugler. With the weather forecasters predicting wet and windy conditions everyone was relieved to get through the day without a single drop of rain.

05500008No report of the day’s events can go without a mention of Bas Bowyer – the brilliant Bas Bowyer – who conceived, planned and masterminded the whole show. We owe our thanks to him for doing such a fantastic job. Our heartfelt thanks go also to the many people who donated funds so that the day could go ahead.

We now have a permanent memorial to the men who died in HMS Dunedin.

Please take a look at the Memorial Galleries.

 

For details of the Arboretum go to the National Arboretum Memorial web site  (click on the leaves and go to ‘Visitor Information’ for details of how to get there);

In Memory

"They shall grow not old, as we are that left grow old, age shall not weary them, nor shall the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning We shall remember them." "When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today"

Memorial 30th October 2004

A handful of Members of the Dunedin Society gathered at the National Memorial Arboretum on 30th October 2004 to commemorate the addition of the survivors' plate to the Dunedin Memorial plinth. In overcast and damp conditions a brief ceremony took place at 1400 at the Dunedin plinth. Our thanks go to Bas Bowyer for once again arranging a fitting and well executed ceremony in memory of the men of HMS Dunedin. This completed the story on the plinth, on which there is already a brief history of HMS Dunedin and a full list of those who died serving in Dunedin during the Second World War. The new plate lists those who survived the sinking so that the memorial will carry the names of every soul who was on board HMS Dunedin on that fatal day in 1941. After a brief lunch in the Arboretum café, the group assembled at the white ensign area where the ensign was lowered to half mast. The congregation then moved to the Dunedin plinth where a ceremony was conducted by the Rev Trevor Grewcock. Jim Cross, brother of Harry Cross (one of the survivors who died earlier this year) read the Exhortation and the President of the Dunedin Society read the Kohima Epitaph. After the release of five doves of peace, the congregation returned to the white ensign area where the flag was full masted.