Tower Hamlets Council paid its respects to those who gave their lives in the service of their country at a Remembrance Day memorial event on 11 November at the town hall.
The event, held at the traditional time of the eleventh hour of the eleventh month, marks the moment that the guns fell silent at the end of the First World War in 1918. It also recognised those who fell in battle in the Second World War and subsequent conflicts.
The silence was observed after the HMS Crane’s bell was rung in the town hall foyer. The former Bethnal Green Borough Council adopted the ship during warship week in 1942 and Tower Hamlets has maintained a relationship with HMS Crane’s former crew ever since. The bell is a permanent feature at the town hall.
Commander John Ludgate, Deputy Lord Lieutenant of the County, Mr Malcolm Tagg, a former HMS Crane crew member, Commander John Herriman, formerly of HMS President, and councillors attended the event and laid wreaths before a two minutes silence was observed.
Mr MalcolmTagg said: “In Burma, during the Second World War, the British and Commonwealth armies were fighting the Japanese army. By June 1944, the Japanese suffered heavy defeats at the Burma/India border towns of Imphal and Kohima thereby saving India from invasion.
“In November 1944, at Kohima, a war memorial was erected by the victors bearing the following epitaph: ‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, we gave our today.’”
Former crew members of the HMS Crane have maintained a relationship with Tower Hamlets Council over many years since the ship was taken out of service in the 1960s and regularly attend remembrance events. The relationship reflects the maritime heritage of the borough.
HMS President is a Royal Naval Reserve unit based at St Katherine’s Dock in Tower Hamlets.
Posted on Tuesday 12th November 2019