Gosport Submariners Remember

Over 250 serving, veterans and visitors attended the Remembrance Service at Gosport Submarine Museum on Sunday 12th November.

The ceremony organised by Roy Dixon, a member of the Gosport Submariners, and HMS Collingwood Chaplain Mark Noakes, was a poignant service held with the magnificent backdrop of HMS Alliance.

The service was to remember all those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice in defence of the realm and to remember the 169 lost UK submarines.

Photograph provided by Andrew Griffin / AMG PICTURES

The service began at 1050 where Steve Thorpe MBE, the Gosport Branch Chairman,thanked all for attending before handing over to Mark Noakes for the service. The service timing was impeccable. The two-minute silence was observed with John (Bugsy) Marlow piping the still. There was a reading by Lt Cdr Stu Moss, prior to the wreath laying, and another reading was undertaken by Jock McLees, representing the Friends of the Submarine Museum, for Tennisons Crossing the Bar.

Photographer provided by Andrew Griffin / AMG PICTURES

To conclude the ceremony, in good submariner tradition, the order was to out hipflasks and toast absent friends. Following the parade dismissal everyone was invited into the museum to enjoy a tot for a charity donation.  The donations are for the Gosport Submariners widows fund and the Chairmans Charity which is currently Elson Heros who provide entertainment and days out for children of military families at Elson Junior School.

The numbers had grown significantly from 2022 and a big thank you for the Gosport Submarine Museum for allowing the event to take place. We look forward to seeing everyone in 2024.