Oct 09

Huntingdon RNA present a memorial figurine to Godmanchester Church

On Monday 9th October 2017, members of Huntingdon & District Branch, Royal Naval Association (RNA), presented a naval figurine to Reverend David Busk at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin in Godmanchester.

S/M Pete Aston, S/M Karl Webb, Reverend David Busk, and S/M Bill Small with the Naval Memorial figurine (photograph by S/M Graham Murray)

The figurine, a replica of a sculpture of a Royal Naval sailor standing in front of the Naval Services Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum, will be displayed in the Parish church in remembrance of five Royal Naval sailors, residents of Godmanchester, who were killed during the First and Second World Wars.

The Naval Memorial figurine on the Altar

During the Great War, 1914-1919, Able Seaman John Henry Ashley, Hawke Bn. Royal Naval Division, died on the 6th November 1917. Able Seaman Robert Glover Foster, Nelson Battalion, Royal Naval Division, died on the 31st December 1917. Able Seaman H Wright, Royal Naval Division, also died during the war, but no further details are recoded on the War Memorial.

In the Second World War, Stoker 1st Class, Denis Tattersall, H.M.S. Magic, died on the 6th July 1944. Able Seaman William Toseland, H.M.S. Harvester, died on the 11th March 1943.

Close-up of the inscription on the Memorial figurine

With Remembrance Day approaching, this memorial figurine will feature in the memorial service which this year will be led by Huntingdon RNA.

The figurine in situ at the Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Godmanchester

The original Naval Services Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.

The original statue at the National Memorial Arboretum. Photo by LA(Phot) Alex Knott FRPU (East) CROWN COPYRIGHT

Huntingdon & District Branch were also at the dedication of the original memorial in 2014.

S/Ms Derrick Morgan and Bill Small at the National Memorial Arboretum, 2014

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