Memorial to the Cockleshell Heroes unveiled

Lord Paddy Ashdown crouches to lay a wreath at the Memorial Stone ''''Malcolm Wells (123565-7546)
Lord Paddy Ashdown crouches to lay a wreath at the Memorial Stone ''''Malcolm Wells (123565-7546)
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TODAY a memorial was unveiled to commemorate one of the Second World War’s most daring missions.

The Cockleshell Heroes were honoured in a service at the Royal Marines Museum, in Eastney, this morning.

In 1942, 10 Royal Marine canoeists embarked on a mission to attach mines to enemy supply ships in Bordeaux.

Only two of the men, who became known as the Cockleshell Heroes, survived by escaping to Spain across the Pyrenees.

Former Liberal Democrat leader Lord Ashdown unveiled the memorial to mark the 70th anniversary of the raid.

In a statement he said: ‘I am delighted that the courage and daring of the Cockleshell Heroes is being very publicly recognised with the unveiling and dedication of a memorial at Eastney, their home soil where they lived, formed up, and trained.’

A blue plaque has also been installed on a house in Southsea, Portsmouth, where the officers involved were housed, on 23 October