National Destroyer Memorial

The National Destroyer Memorial at The Historic Dockyard Chatham will be the focus for the Act of Remembrance at 11.00am on 11th November 2012.

Visitors to The Historic Dockyard on Remembrance Sunday, together with dockyard Residents and Tenants, will be invited to join representatives of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust and members of Destroyer Associations at HMS CAVALIER, the National Destroyer Memorial, and the associated bronze monument alongside, to remember those British service men and women and civilians who lost their lives in the service of their country.

The short Act of Remembrance will be led by Revd Andrew Huckett, Chaplain HMS CAVALIER Association and will include the two minutes silence at 11.00am, the words of Exhortation and the Kohima Epitaph and prayers. As Chairman, Admiral Sir Ian Garnett KCB will lay the first wreath on behalf of Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust following which there will then be opportunities for others to lay a poppy wreath or poppy cross at the monument. Revd Huckett will bring the proceedings to a close with prayers.

As the National Destroyer Memorial HMS CAVALIER is memorial to 142 Royal Navy destroyers sunk during the Second World War and over 11,000 men who lost their lives as a result. The impressive bronze monument alongside, by British sculpture Kenneth Potts, was unveiled at a special dedication service in the presence of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh KG, KT on 14th November 2007.

Anyone wishing to attend the Act of Remembrance will be welcome to do so, will be provided with free access to The Historic Dockyard for that purpose and are asked to be in position by 10.55am. A valid ticket for The Historic Dockyard will be required to visit the galleries and attractions. Veterans and their families will have free of charge access to HMS CAVALIER on 11th November.