Memorial for war heroes

Proud members of the ship's company watch as the giant warship inches her way to sea for the first time. From left, Able Seaman (AB) Natasha Elford, AB Layton Toward and AB Richard Mead

HMS Queen Elizabeth begins the long voyage to Portsmouth

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FAMILIES of members of one of the Second World War’s most daring missions saw a new memorial unveiled in tribute to their relatives’ exploits.

The memorial was for the Cockleshell Heroes, 10 Royal Marines who volunteered for the raid on German supply ships moored at Bordeaux in 1942.

Only two of the marines, who were trained in Southsea, made it home.

It was unveiled yesterday in the French town, where Tom Hasler, son of survivor Major Herbert ‘Blondie’ Hasler, said: ‘It’s a really fitting memorial for all of the people involved in the raid.

‘It’s a great day.’

And Jimmy Sparks, brother of Corporal Bill Sparks, added: ‘It’s very, very emotional.’

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