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Affray victims honoured for second time

Posted Mon 22nd April 2013 at 14:10

Friends and relatives of the submariners who perished on board the Affray in 1951 laid wreaths at a memorial in Alderney on Wednesday.

The event, also attended by Alderney States Members, church leaders and former servicemen, came 62 years to the day since HMS Affray went down 7.5 miles north west of Alderney during a training exercise.

It took place at the granite memorial unveiled at Douglas Quay on the anniversary last year, which commemorates each of the 75 sailors who died.

The group was supposed to go out on a boat to throw wreaths over the spot where the submarine lies, but weather conditions proved too rough for the sailing to take place.

In a speech States President Stuart Trought said: "I think it is very moving to see so many people coming here once again to pay their respects to those who died."

On Tuesday a memorial to those lost on HMS Affray was unveiled at Gosport, Hampshire, close to HMS Dolphin.

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