Special service remembers lost heroes of HMS Aldenham

Standards at the end of the service

Standards at the end of the service - Credit: Archant

An annual service in memory of over 100 men who died in 1944 has been held at a village church.

HMS Aldenham hit a mine, broke up and sank in the Adriatic Sea on December 14, 1944, and members of the HMS Aldenham Association hold a commemorative service in honour of the 128 men who died on the Sunday closest to the date of the sinking.

The recent service at St John the Baptist Church in Aldenham started with Royal Naval ceremonial and continued with a modified Matins service. The address was given by the Rev Simon Chapman, Chaplain at Aldenham School who, though a naval officer, served in Afghanistan.

Among those who took part in the service were sea cadets from several corps and at the end of proceedings, five standards and their bearers lined up.

The HMS Aldenham Association meets monthly at Aldenham Social Club and organises the ceremonial part of the service.