HMS TRUCULENT REMEMBRANCE PARADE 2024

On January 12, 1950 sixty four submariners and dockyard personnel, who were on-board for sea trials, died when HM Truculent collided with SS Divina and sank in the Thames Estuary. 

Sadly, five RAF crew members of a Lancaster from RAF Coastal Command were also lost while taking part in the rescue operation.

On Saturday January 13, 2024, Submariners’, cadets and dignitaries gathered in remembrance for the 74th anniversary of the loss of the Submarine.

Truculent Remembrance 74th Anniversary

Veterans gather with their standards for the 74th anniversary of the loss of HMS Truculent

St Georges Centre, Chatham

St Georges Centre, Chatham

Derek Grant, Chairman of Medway Towns Branch of the Submariners Association

Derek Grant, Chairman of Medway Towns Branch of the Submariners Association

Please take a while and spare a thought.
For brothers lost beneath the sea,
For men of iron prepared to die,
Who gave their lives for you and me.

In Truculent there were such men,
Who wouldn’t give a thought,
Of hardship pain and suffering,
But did as they were taught.

Who worked and laughed and sometimes cried,
But did what they must do,
Beneath the cold and angry sea,
They were God’s chosen few.

So, spare a thought for shipmates,
Who fought the sea and lost.
For men in boats are first in line
And never count the cost.

Please take a while and spare a thought.
For families and friends, but most of all
For them who gave their all,
That sad day on the Thames.

After the church service the focus moved to the Truculent memorial where a minutes silence was observed followed by the laying of the wreaths and the National Anthem.

Not only were submariners lost on that day in 1950 but also an RAF crew who were sent to search for survivors.

The Mayor of Medway, Councillor Nina Gurung and members of the Air Cadets and Sea Cadets at the Remberance Parade

The Mayor of Medway, Councillor Nina Gurung and members of the Air Cadets and Sea Cadets at the Remembrance Parade