Family join together to remember Timmy

Missing sailor Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachael

Missing sailor Timmy MacColl and his wife Rachael

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FRIENDS, family and naval personnel gathered in Gosport for a memorial service in honour of a missing sailor.

Leading Seaman Timmy MacColl disappeared from HMS Westminster while on a port visit to Dubai.

The father-of-three from Gosport, who was 28 at the time, was declared dead by the Royal Navy at the beginning of the month but his body has never been found.

The private service was held at St Mary the Virgin Church in Rowner Lane and was led by Canon John Draper.

It was attended by family, friends and some naval personnel.

Children Cameron, eight, Skye, six and Eriskay, 20 months, were also at the event.

Jim Cunningham is grandfather of Timmy’s wife Rachael.

He was at today’s service.

He said: ‘It was very emotive.

‘It was a very good turnout. There were about 100 people there.

‘Father John has been very supportive. He’s supported us from the start.’

And Mr Cunningham, 74, from Titchfield Common added the memorial service was important so that the family could gather together and remember Timmy.

‘We have got to try and get some form of closure,’ he said.

‘It’s not the closure we would like but at some stage the curtain has to be drawn.

‘The navy did have a very good turnout. There was a gunfire salute. It was a very good service.’

Mr Cunningham is full of praise for his grandaughter.

‘She’s got a very strong personality,’ he added.

‘She did well and the children were very well behaved. We are very proud of her.’

Mrs MacColl has bought a time capsule which has been specially made and asked people to include letters, photos, and anything else they want to share.

It will be buried at his plot underneath his memorial plaque.

Timmy was last seen at the Rock Bottom bar and restaurant in Bur Dubai before being put into a taxi at about 2am on May 27, 2012.

Mrs MacColl, 28, was handed a death certificate for Timmy after an application by Royal Navy top brass.

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