Memorial service in Aldenham church remembers sinking of ship in WWII
- Credit: Archant
An annual service in memory of the sinking of a ship in 1944 has been held in a village church.
HMS Aldenham was sunk on December 14 of that year and a memorial service is held at St John the Baptist Church in the village on the Sunday nearest the date of the sinking.
It is organised by members of the HMS Aldenham Association which was set up to keep the memory of the ship alive.
The service comprised a short naval ceremony followed by an abbreviated Matins service. The ceremony included the laying of a wreath on the book of remembrance which is permanently laid over the ship’s ensign and is kept in the church.
The address was given by the Rt Rev Stephen Venner, who lives in St Albans and was formerly chaplain to the forces.
You may also want to watch:
Guests included deputy lord lieutenant of Herts Commodore Tim Hennessey, the Mayor and Mayoress of Hertsmere, Cllrs Pete Rutledge and Jane West, Hertsmere MP Oliver Dowden and chairman of Aldenham parish council, Cllr Neil Payne and his wife Linda.
Representatives of other service organisations and the sea cadet corps were also at the church.
- 1 Where in Hertfordshire are the most incidents of weapon possession?
- 2 Girls 'followed' by men in red Range Rover at 2am in city centre
- 3 St Albans named among UK's most family-friendly cities
- 4 Fashionistas flock to Cathedral catwalk extravaganza
- 5 Light at the end of the gulley for long-running flooding
- 6 As sewage debate continues, how have our MPs voted?
- 7 St Albans named among UK's coldest cities
- 8 Needle spiking incident alleged at St Albans nightclub
- 9 Property Spotlight: A characterful Victorian home in Wheathampstead
- 10 Fly-tipped rubbish near Heartwood Forest set to be cleared