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A MEMORIAL service will be held next month to honour Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach, one of the Navy’s greatest leaders in the modern era.

Sir Henry, who helped sink the Scharnhorst in the Second World War and went on to lead the Royal Navy as First Sea Lord during the Falklands conflict – famously convincing Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher his fleet should liberate the islands – died last month at the age of 87.

His decisiveness in 1982 helped to enshrine his position as one of the most revered naval leaders of the post-war era.

A service of thanksgiving for his life and achievements will be held in Winchester Cathedral on Friday, June 17 at 2pm. Those wishing to attend must apply for tickets no later than May 27 by email to