Once again, this year, my father took part in the Remembrance Day march past the Cenotaph in London, but this year also saw the first wreath-laying ceremony at HMS Dunedin’s permanent memorial at the¬†National¬†Arboretum.At 1326 – coinciding with the reported time that the first torpedo hit HMS Dunedin – the Last Post was sounded at the Dunedin Plinth at the National Arboretum.
A similar ceremony took place at the¬†Royal Navy War Memorial at Southsea. Anne Randall, whose father was lost when Dunedin went down, was there at 1.26pm in the presence of about a dozen others to mark the day in a quiet act of remembrance. Several people laid red roses and Anne read the Exhortation.
J. W.Simmons,¬†representing ¬†Petty Officer G.A.Owens
J., M., and C. Charlton,¬†representing ¬†Bernard White, AB
Anne Randall,¬†representing ¬†Lt.Cdr.R.M.H. Sowdon
Heather Turner & Anne Leppard,¬† representing¬†¬†George E.Wells
Gwenda Board, representing S.J.P.Temple, Ord.Signm (and his friend Don Wells, Signm)
Bill Gill, R.M.¬†¬†Survivor, and President of the Dunedin Society
Alan Jarvis, Writer, served in Dunedin and left October 1941