Annual Reunion and Remembrance Service, 24th November 2023
More than thirty members of the HMS Dunedin Society met at the Southsea Naval Memorial on 24th November to remember the men of HMS Dunedin . Click here for a short report and group photo.
The Dunedin Society’s tribute to the men of USS Indianapolis
In tribute to the memory of USS Indianapolis and her men, members of the Dunedin Society recorded a short video to mark the anniversary of the sinking of USS Indianapolis. You can see it through this link:
In recent months, The Dunedin Society has been talking to members of the CA-35 Legacy, the organisation which preserves the memory of the men of USS Indianapolis. Every year, on 30th July, members of the organisation gather for their Annual Watch at their memorial in Indianapolis to commemorate the men who lost their lives when USS Indianapolis was sunk by two Japanese torpedoes in 1945. Though larger in scale, the fate of USS Indianapolis was remarkably similar to what happened to HMS Dunedin. Two torpedoes, huge loss of life, and days in the water.
From a ship’s company of 1,195, only 317 men of USS Indianapolis survived.
Our two organisations share so much in our outlook and our aims and we look forward to continuing our new relationship with our friends in Indianapolis and across the United States. This year, we extend our hand of friendship in a common cause to preserve the memory of those who were lost.
For the whole story of USS Indianapolis, see their website here: C-35 Legacy Organization
HMS Dunedin Society, 30th July 2023
Annual Reunion: Thursday 24th November 2022
Members of the HMS Dunedin Society gathered at the Royal Naval Memorial, Southsea, to mark the anniversary of the sinking of HMS Dunedin, on Thursday 24th November. Twenty-three of us braved a cold coastal wind – but thankfully no rain – to pay tribute to the men of HMS Dunedin. Click here to see a larger photo of the group.
Summer Reunion, June 2022
Members of the HMS Dunedin Society met for a summer reunion and remembrance ceremony in the beautiful and serene surroundings of the National Memorial Arboretum on Sunday 19th June. Gathered around the HMS Dunedin memorial plinth, members conducted a short ceremony of remembrance and laid wreaths in memory of all the men of HMS Dunedin.
The plinth was dedicated in 2003 and stands under the HMS Dunedin oak tree, planted at the same time. The plinth is showing its age and will need some repair and maintenance work in due course, but it was good to back at the Arboretum among friends old and new. After the ceremony and a bite to eat, the group gathered in the Arboretum Founders’ Room for a presentation and discussion about HMS Dunedin and her men.
Click here for a report of the day’s events and more photos.
If you would like to join the Dunedin Society please-mail us here with your name and the name of the member of the ship’s company to whom you are associated. Please also let us have any information that you would like us to put on the website about your member of the ship’s company. It will form part of this permanent memorial to all the men who were part of HMS Dunedin.
Membership is entirely free, although, of course, we always welcome any donations you would like to make.