This month sees the 50th anniversary of the state funeral of Sir Winston Churchill – Saturday, January 30, 1965.
Thousands of servicemen were on duty that day and some of the most important were from HMS Excellent, Whale Island, Portsmouth – those who manned the gun carriage.
Watching footage of it recently I was surprised to see that the gun carriage crew were dressed in square rig with white fronts and not sea jerseys. It was a bitterly cold morning and standing to attention outside Westminster Hall waiting for the coffin to be placed on the gun carriage must have seemed like an eternity.
Were you one of those sailors? I think there were 150 who were in charge of that gun carriage.