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