Service personnel around the world pay tribute to the fallen
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Armed Forces personnel and members of the public took time to remember those who have been lost to war on this year's Remembrance Sunday.
In London, Her Majesty The Queen paid her respects at the Cenotaph along with His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, service chiefs and current and former military personnel.
26 Ministry of Defence civilians wore their medals and marched alongside their military colleagues at the Whitehall ceremony. There are around 200 civil servants deployed full-time on operations in Afghanistan and several in other unstable locations in the Middle East and North Africa.
Thousands of members of the public also turned up at the Cenotaph which was cleaned and repaired this summer by English Heritage in preparation for this weekend’s service and the First World War centenary commemorations of the next 4 years.
The Festival of Remembrance took place at the Royal Albert Hall on Saturday and featured a short film commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Dambusters Raid.
During the festival, Johnny Johnson, the only surviving bomb aimer to have taken part in this most daring and innovative of air raids of the Second World War, was passed the torch of remembrance by former 617 Squadron navigator Squadron Leader Jon Howard.
In Afghanistan soldiers of 7th Armoured Brigade paid tribute to their fallen comrades in a service that took place at Camp Bastion. Also in attendance were His Royal Highness The Duke of York and Defence Secretary Philip Hammond.
Elsewhere, members of the Armed Forces past and present gathered at the Plymouth War Memorial which commemorates 7,251 sailors from the First World War and 15,933 from the Second World War who lost their lives.
In Malta, the crew of HMS Dragon marked Remembrance Sunday by recreating a drumhead-style ceremony using the ship’s bell.
Dragon is currently making her way home from the Gulf and marked Remembrance Sunday off the coast of Malta – an island that made huge sacrifices during the Second World War.
In the UK, around half of the personnel from RAF St Mawgan supported 21 different remembrance services and 3 parades across Conwall.
They were represented in Padstow, Falmouth, Bodmin, St Mawgan, St Austell, St Wenn, Helston, Wadebridge, St Eval, Marazion, St Just, St Dennis, St Ives, St Columb Minor, Cambourne, Liskeard and St Piran.
HMS Defender marked Remembrance Sunday off the Isle of Wight on her return from operational sea training.
Lieutenant Matthew Harvey led the service in the ship’s hangar before the commanding officer, Commander Philip Nash, laid a wreath directly over the site where Her Majesty’s Submarine Swordfish was sunk on a combat patrol in the English Channel in November 1940 during the Second World War.
200 sailors from mine countermeasures vessels HMS Atherstone, Shoreham, Quorn and Ramsey, together with personnel from the Forward Logistic Site, Fleet Support Unit and the UK Maritime Component Command headquarters, attended a service of remembrance on the jetty at Mina Salman port, Manama, Bahrain.
Deployed personnel serving with the RAF’s 83 Expeditionary Air Group held a sunset ceremony at their base in the Middle East and personnel from the Royal Canadian Air Force and US Air Force also laid wreaths to honour the fallen.
Patrolling the northern reaches of the Gulf, the company of HMS Montrose paused to remember those who have given their lives in conflict – past and present.
The frigate came to a standstill at the position where, during Operation Telic on 22 March 2003, 2 Sea King Mk7 helicopters from ‘A’ Flight, 849 Naval Air Squadron, collided in mid-air and crashed into the sea.
And hundreds of sailors, who died at sea when their ships were sunk by Japanese aircraft in 1941, were honoured by HMS Daring. Daring’s commanding officer, Commander Angus Essenhigh, laid a wreath over the area, off the coast of Malaysia, where HMS Repulse and HMS Prince of Wales sank during the Second World War.
Published: 11 November 2013
From: Ministry of Defence