Sailors from Quorn visit the fallen in Normandy

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FOUR sailors from HMS Quorn visited Normandy cemeteries to pay tribute to those who lost their lives on board the previous ship to bear the name.

All the remains of 11 of those lost were washed ashore, and so lie in the military cemeteries of Normandy.

Petty Officers Paul Hawkshaw and Tony Hole, Able Seaman Matthew Brown and Engineering Technician Alex Vinnicombe visited the war graves at La Crotoy and Tilly-Sur-Seulles, where they laid wreaths on the graves of those sailors who perished.

The second HMS Quorn was launched in March 1940 serving in the 21st Destroyer Flotilla. On August 3, 1944 she was attacked fatally with 130 sailors losing their lives.

PO Hole said: ‘It is unusual to find sailors in graves. Most were lost at sea, so this made it hit home’.

AS Brown said: “It was deeply moving to visit the graves of men who served on HMS Quorn in the past.’

The current HMS Quorn is preparing for a refit in Portsmouth to ensure she is ready for her future tasking,