Pictures by Royal Navy photographers

By Kim Hardie

Royal Navy sailors and submariners from HM Naval Base Clyde joined Helensburgh residents and dignitaries on Sunday, November 10, to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice in defence of their country.

Beginning at Hermitage Primary School, the Royal Navy Guard of Honour led the march past Victoria Halls where the salute was taken by the Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Dunbartonshire, before parading onwards to Hermitage Park for the Service of Remembrance.

The Reverend David Young led the ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance, where there was a scripture reading followed by an Act of Remembrance and a lament by a piper.

Following the two minutes silence of reflection and gratitude, wreaths were laid by, among others, the Submariners Association, local Cadets, Scout Groups, Girl Guides and Brownie groups and Police Scotland Youth Volunteers. Laying the wreath on behalf of the Royal Navy this year was Commodore Donald Doull, Naval Base Commander Clyde.

The Naval Base held its own Remembrance Service on Monday, November 11, when submariners, sailors, marines and MOD civilians gathered at The Church of St John the Evangelist, part of the base Chaplaincy.

Led by Reverend Tommy Goodwin, Reverend Mark Davidson and Reverend Robert Jackson, the military and civilian personnel conducted a Remembrance Service and enacted a moment of silence which was followed by the Bosun’s Call signalling participants to “carry on”.

There were also readings from the Naval Prayer and the Kohima Epitaph read by Surgeon Commander (D) Lindsay Falla from the HMS Neptune Dental Centre.

Royal Navy personnel also attended events in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and multiple services the length and breadth of the country.

The photographs show the Royal Navy Guard at Helensburgh’s Remembrance event;  Commodore Donald Doull, Naval Base Commander Clyde, lays a wreath at the event;  Veterans attend the Helensburgh Remembrance Service;  The Helensburgh Clan Colquhoun Pipe Band lead the parade to the Garden of Remembrance; Helensburgh’s Garden of Remembrance and the Reverend Tommy Goodwin leads the HMNB Clyde Service of Remembrance. 



One comment

  1. It’s great to see the locals saluting the great victory of The Red Army over the fascists and their conquest of Nazi Germany in WW2. Indeed, as Churchill said, they won WW2 in Europe. Long Live Stalin!

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