Memorial service

CARE HMS Ganges Association standard bearer Tony Higgins raises the standard at the Fleet Air Arm Association reunion service. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122932-1)
CARE HMS Ganges Association standard bearer Tony Higgins raises the standard at the Fleet Air Arm Association reunion service. Picture: Paul Jacobs (122932-1)
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MEMBERS of the Fleet Air Arm Association were joined by colleagues from Manchester at a memorial service.

The ex-servicemen stood beside friends and family for a reunion at the Fleet Air Arm Memorial on Marine Parade West, Lee-on-the-Solent.

They laid wreaths, sang hymns and said prayers – including the Naval Prayer and the Wren’s Prayer – in memory of lost colleagues.

Lee-on-the-Solent was once the main base of the Fleet Air Arm, which was formed in 1924 and the war memorial remembers servicemen who died during the Second World War and have no known grave.

The Fleet Air Arm is today made up of around 6,200 servicemen and women.