HMS Ardent’s anchor becomes a fitting memorial to sailors killed in Falklands

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A LASTING memorial to the 22 sailors who lost their lives on HMS Ardent in the Falklands has been unveiled.

The Duchess of Gloucester officially revealed an anchor memorial in memory of those killed in action during the Battle for Falkland Sound on May 21, 1982.

It is wonderful that even though it is 33 years since our son Shaun was lost in the Falklands Conflict there is a new place for his family and the nation to remember him

Pete Hanson

The memorial is in the grounds of the National Memorial Arboretum alongside the main Falklands Memorial.

Pete Hanson is the father of Acting Steward Shaun Hanson, who was killed in action.

He said: ‘It is wonderful that even though it is 33 years since our son Shaun was lost in the Falklands conflict there is a new place for his family and the nation to remember him.’

The anchor was lost in Portland Harbour in 1980 when HMS Ardent was taking shelter from a storm.

After the news HMS Ardent had been sunk, the Queen’s Harbour Master at Portland, a former First Lieutenant of HMS Ardent, Commander Nick Crewes, started a search for the anchor.

After its recovery it was offered to the HMS Ardent Association which decided it should become a permanent memorial to those who were lost with the ship and was originally at the China Fleet Club near Saltash in Cornwall.

It was decided to relocate the anchor to the National Memorial Arboretum in order to allow greater access to the memorial by survivors of the ship, family members of the association, and the public in general.