An association dedicated to the royal navy escort destroyer, HMS Aldenham, is still going strong almost 75 years after the ship sunk.
The Hunt class destroyer sunk on December 14, 1944, when it hit a mine broke up and sank in the Adriatic Sea, causing the deaths of 126 crewmen.
The HMS Aldenham Association (HMSAA) was set up to honour these men, and its 30-odd members keep the torch burning by holding annual services at St John the Baptist Church in Aldenham on December 14 in their memory, as well as meeting monthly at the Aldenham Social Club.
The association, which has been running since the early ‘80’s, continues to move forward and has recently appointed a new president – executive warrant officer James Bryan, Royal Naval Reserve.
Alan Eykelbosch, HMSAA chairman, said: “We still meet monthly, where we discuss various local issues and topics, as well as the history of the ship.
“The most important aspect of the group is still the memorial service we hold every December, where we read out all the names of the men who lost their lives and we honour them.
“We’re just trying to keep the association going and keep making visits to other naval associations elsewhere – it’s obviously a naval association but you don’t necessarily need to have been in the navy.”
To join the association or learn more about it, contact Alan at firstname.lastname@example.org.