25 Apr '12, 6pm

World War 2 hero laid to rest at sea by HMS Ledbury

A service was held onboard HMS Ledbury on Thursday 19 April to commit the ashes of a Royal Navy World War 2 hero to the sea in the place where he acted with such selfless bravery that he was decorated with the Albert Medal for his deeds. In WW2, the Island of Malta was of major strategic importance to the Allied fight against the Italian and German forces in North Africa and the Mediterranean. Her fortified harbour and airfields, although besieged, provided bases for the submarines and ships of the Royal Navy and for RAF aircraft that harassed the enemy’s vital supply lines. If Malta fell, there would be little that could be done to stop enemy reinforcements and supplies moving freely across the Mediterranean. In June 1942, two supply convoys failed to reach Malta causing the general supplies of the Island to fall to just a few weeks and the vital action stocks such as avi...

Full article: http://www.royalnavy.mod.uk/News-and-Events/Latest-News/2...

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