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PostPosted: Sun Oct 02, 2011 11:18 am    Post subject: Lancastria Memorial Reply with quote

Not listed on UKNIWM

Location: on bank of River Clyde, Glasgow at the site of the former Beardmore and Company's yard where the ship was built.

Information from an article in the Sunday Times of 2 Oct 2011:

The sinking of the liner Lancastria on 17th June 1940 is Britain's worst maritime disaster. The sinking in France's Bay of Biscay on 17th June 1940 is thought to have killed 4,000 but some put the figure as high as 9.000. The ship was attacked by a German bomber and sank within 20 minutes.
It is also described as the worst single loss of life for British forces during WW2. News coverage of the tragedy was banned at the time.
On Saturday 1st October, a bronze sculpture was unveiled, it is set on a granite block with a commemorative text. It was created by Fife artist Marion Smith and represents the early sheet-steel construction of the ship.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 05, 2011 6:42 pm    Post subject: Lancastria memorial of WW2 sinking Reply with quote

I heard from a retired Black Watch Major that he was at the Unveiling ceremony on Saturday in heavy rain and the Unveiling was done by the First Minister of Scotland Alex Salmond .

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The memorial is in the grounds of the Golden Jubilee National Hospital.

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PostPosted: Sun Oct 09, 2011 10:57 am    Post subject: R.M.S. / H.M.T. Lancastria Reply with quote

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-glasgow-west-15136817
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 09, 2011 1:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Photos by courtesy of Pat Anderson;


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 11, 2011 8:14 pm    Post subject: lancastria memorial Reply with quote

Thanks Mark for adding the front and back of the recently unveiled war memorial to the casualties of the LANCASTRIA

The photos were by kind permission of Major (Rtd) Bob Ritchie MBE formerly of the Black Watch . Taken at the Unveiling as he was there on behalf of the Black Watch

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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 8:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Article on today's BBC website about calls to commemorate the sinking. The article includes a photograph of the Glasgow memorial: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-32925786
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PostPosted: Fri May 29, 2015 2:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just one of the casualties -

Robert Kevan. age 26 Corporal (545496) 98 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
Born 1914 in Port William, Mochrum, Wigtownshire.
Son of Janet M. Kevan and step-son of Robert A. Dalziel of Whithorn, Wigtownshire.
Killed by enemy action on 17 June 1940.
Commonwealth War Grave Pornic War Cemetery, France.

For the first nine months of the war, No. 98 served as a reserve squadron and during the period April/June 1940, was based in France flying Fairey Battle light bombers. Its homecoming was a tragic one for on 17 June 1940 the RMS Lancastrian, which was carrying most of No. 98's personnel, was bombed and sunk. Seventy-five airmen of the squadron were officially reported lost and fifteen others are believed to have perished.
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 13, 2015 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Another BBC item about the Lancastria and two Scottish survivors: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-33092351
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2018 5:01 am    Post subject: WMR report Reply with quote

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