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.
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.
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.
With Remembrance Day approaching, this memorial figurine will feature in the memorial service which this year will be led by Huntingdon RNA.
The original Naval Services Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum.
Huntingdon & District Branch were also at the dedication of the original memorial in 2014.