HMS Hurworth’s crew remember heroes lost at sea

HMS Hurworth's ship's company at the war memorial in Southsea. Picture: LA(Phot) Ian Simpson
HMS Hurworth's ship's company at the war memorial in Southsea. Picture: LA(Phot) Ian Simpson

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Sailors from minehunter HMS Hurworth gathered today to mark the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the previous Hurworth during the Second World War.

The captain and ship’s company of Hunt-class minehunter HMS Hurworth attended a short service at the war memorial on Southsea Common to remember the 131 sailors who lost their lives in the Aegean Sea.

HMS Hurworth's Ship Company at the Naval War Memorial in Southsea, Portsmouth during the 70th Anniversary rememberance service for the sinking of HMS Hurworth.''''HMS HURWORTH REMEMBERS HEROES LOST AT SEA - 22nd October 2013''''The Captain and ship's company of HMS Hurworth gathered today to mark the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the previous HMS Hurworth during the Second World War.''''The officers and ratings from the Portsmouth-based Hunt Class Minehunter attended a short service at Southsea war memorial to remember the 131 lost in the Aegean Sea, near the Greek island of Kos in 1943 and laid a wreath in their honour.''''Image taken by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU(E), Royal Navy.''''Consent Forms held by FRPUE, HMS Excellent, contactable on 02392 547113.

HMS Hurworth's Ship Company at the Naval War Memorial in Southsea, Portsmouth during the 70th Anniversary rememberance service for the sinking of HMS Hurworth.''''HMS HURWORTH REMEMBERS HEROES LOST AT SEA - 22nd October 2013''''The Captain and ship's company of HMS Hurworth gathered today to mark the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the previous HMS Hurworth during the Second World War.''''The officers and ratings from the Portsmouth-based Hunt Class Minehunter attended a short service at Southsea war memorial to remember the 131 lost in the Aegean Sea, near the Greek island of Kos in 1943 and laid a wreath in their honour.''''Image taken by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU(E), Royal Navy.''''Consent Forms held by FRPUE, HMS Excellent, contactable on 02392 547113.

The previous Hurworth was a Hunt-class escort destroyer, which ran missions to the Greek souther Aegean Islands to create diversions for bigger ships to get through German defences.

On the evening of October 22, 1943, the ship was hit by a German sea mine while going to the aid of the Greek warship Adrias.

Lieutenant Commander Ben Vickery, the commanding officer of HMS Hurworth, said: ‘It is an honour to stand here with my ship’s company and pay respect to those heroes who went before us.

‘It is always a sobering reminder of how much was sacrificed during the Second World War.

HMS Hurworth's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ben Vickery, Royal Navy, lays a wreath at the Naval War Memorial in Southsea, Portsmouth during the 70th Anniversary rememberance service for the sinking of HMS Hurworth.''''HMS HURWORTH REMEMBERS HEROES LOST AT SEA - 22nd October 2013''''The Captain and ship's company of HMS Hurworth gathered today to mark the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the previous HMS Hurworth during the Second World War.''''The officers and ratings from the Portsmouth-based Hunt Class Minehunter attended a short service at Southsea war memorial to remember the 131 lost in the Aegean Sea, near the Greek island of Kos in 1943 and laid a wreath in their honour.''''Image taken by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU(E), Royal Navy.''''Consent Forms held by FRPUE, HMS Excellent, contactable on 02392 547113.

HMS Hurworth's Commanding Officer, Lieutenant Commander Ben Vickery, Royal Navy, lays a wreath at the Naval War Memorial in Southsea, Portsmouth during the 70th Anniversary rememberance service for the sinking of HMS Hurworth.''''HMS HURWORTH REMEMBERS HEROES LOST AT SEA - 22nd October 2013''''The Captain and ship's company of HMS Hurworth gathered today to mark the 70th Anniversary of the sinking of the previous HMS Hurworth during the Second World War.''''The officers and ratings from the Portsmouth-based Hunt Class Minehunter attended a short service at Southsea war memorial to remember the 131 lost in the Aegean Sea, near the Greek island of Kos in 1943 and laid a wreath in their honour.''''Image taken by LA(Phot) Simmo Simpson, FRPU(E), Royal Navy.''''Consent Forms held by FRPUE, HMS Excellent, contactable on 02392 547113.

‘Today gives us all a chance to make remembrance more personal for us as a crew in our home port.’

In November, some of HMS Hurworth’s crew will travel to the village of Hurworth-on-Tees for remembrance weekend.