Breaking Ground Ceremony

100-year-old Diana Mayes cuts the turf for the Submariner Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum 

The Submariner Memorial Appeal held the Ground Breaking Ceremony for its new sculpture at the National Memorial Arboretum, in Staffordshire, this morning. 

The turf was cut by 100-year-old Diana Mayes, whose 25-year-old submarine CO husband Lt Gordon Noll RN was lost along with his 35-strong crew in HMS Untamed in the Clyde on May 30th, 1943. J

Joining Diana to break the ground was a young chef, Jack McHugh, from HMS Vigilant’s port crew, one of the youngest qualified submariners in the service. 

Six standard bearers from the Submariners Association and the National Standard of the Royal Naval Association were paraded. Gill Molyneux – widow of Lt Cdr Ian Molyneux GM RN and Patron of We Remember Submariners was also present. The speech was given by Deputy Commodore Submarine Service Captain Irvine Lindsay OBE RN.

See also the BFBS report on the event here