Remembrance 2011. We will remember them

At this time of year when we pay tribute those who gave their lives in service of their country, it seems appropriate to focus here on just a few examples of the sacrifice made by the men of the Royal Navy.

Afghanistan, August 2011

Barry Weston, Royal Marines

Sgt Baz Weston

One of the “magnificent 7” Royal Marines of 42 Commando killed in Afghanistan during Operation Herrick 14 in 2011. Sergant Barry Weston was blown up by a Taliban IED while leading a patrol in Helmand province.
He joined the Royal Marines in 1991 and served in Northern Ireland, Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Iraq. He distinguished himself as a reconnaissance operator, platoon weapons instructor and recruit troop sergeant. He leaves behind his wife and 3 daughters.

Royal Marines have served with distinction in every British conflict since World War 1.

Falklands War, May 1982

Placed in a very exposed position, the crew of destroyer HMS Coventry already knew they were in great danger as they endeavoured to protect the main British fleet from air attack. After shooting down several enemy aircraft, she was eventually sunk by 2 bombs from Argentine aircraft. 19 of her crew were lost and a further 30 injured.

Mediterranean Sea, April 1942

Officers of UPHOLDER. Left to right: Lieut F Ruck-Keene; Lieut Cdr Wanklyn, VC, DSO, RN; Lieut J R Drummond, RN; Sub Lieut J H Norman, RNVR

Officers of HMS Upholder. Lt F Ruck-Keene; Lt Cdr Wanklyn, VC, DSO; Lt J R Drummond, RN; Sub Lt J H Norman

HMS Upholder was the most successful British submarine of World War II. Operating from Malta in conditions of extreme danger and discomfort, she sank 2 destroyers, 3 submarines, and 16 merchantmen supplying the German armies in North Africa. She was reported overdue on 14 April 1942 on her 25th war patrol and it is believed she was destroyed by depth charges from an Italian patrol boat. She was lost with all 31 members of her crew including her Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Malcolm David Wanklyn who had already won the VC for his bravery. The Royal Navy lost 73 submarines in World War II and suffered the highest casualty rate of any of the British fighting arms.


They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: 
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. 
At the going down of the sun and in the morning 
We will remember them.