Fittleton Service HMS President

HMS Fittleton Remembrance Service at HMS President

On Tuesday the 20th September 2016 a memorial service for those lost when HMS Fittleton sank in the North Sea 40 years ago was held at HMS President London Division RNR.

VIPs included Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE, Lord Lieutenant of Greater London, Rear Admiral Simon Williams CVO, Flag Officer Flag Officer Reserves and Commodore Martin Quinn, Commander Maritime reserves.

Guard at President Guard General Salute

Service 02 The Service President Service The Sermon Citation HMS Fittleton – The tragedy narrated by Colin Hurley an Ordinary Seaman on board

Wreaths] Lord Lieutenant of London and Flag Officers

Wreath Laying Families Survivors and family members lay wreaths

Ann & George Creasy

Ann & George Creasy. George was Cox’n at the time of the tragedy.

Survivors & Families

Survivors and their families

 Painting Presentation

The Lord Lieutenant of London Mr Kenneth Olisa OBE

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The Royals

Guests

Survivors and guests

PIC BY STEWART TURKINGTON www.stphotos.co.uk 07778 334771 TCA Presentation. Hon. Sec. Peter Down explaining the ‘sweeping way’ to Fai “Tansy” Lee Lt RNR

Mr and Mrs Wood attended the service. Mrs Pippa Wood is the sister of the late Chris Hales TCA Member and one time Ton Talk editor, a survivor of the tragedy.

Anne Creasy and Commander Steve Quantrill, son of Radio Operator Patrick Quantrill (among the lost) described how they heard the news and the support received from RNR friends and colleagues. Other speakers stressed the courage and resilience of Fittleton’s crew and how the modern Reserves follow in their tradition.

The evening concluded with an impressive display by the Royal Marines Corps of Drums and Sunset Ceremony.