Remembering those from all counties of Ireland who served with the Royal Navy during the Second World War, particularly those who died serving with Light Coastal Forces
During the Second World War the Irish Free State remained officially neutral, though in practice it rendered assistance of all kinds to the British State, not least of which was the number of Irish citizens who volunteered with the British Armed Forces, and the great number that travelled to Britain to perform vital war work. Many direct descendents of Irish who were part of the Irish community in Britain also served.
Lest we forget
At the going down of the sun and in the morning we will remember them
The 18th March, 1943 saw a tragedy of a different kind befall Coastal Forces when a bomb from a Messerschmitt 109 destroyed the living accomodation for Wrens serving with Coastal Forces at HMS Midge, Great Yarmouth. Fred Cork, second coxswain on MTB 612, recalled himself and his shipmates being blown clean out of their bunks in their billet just four doors away, while Wren Olive Swift had to be dug from the wreckage along with others in her block. Though many of the Wrens survived the devasting attack, eight of their number were killed – Wren Rita Turner, age nineteen, succumbing to her injuries some two weeks later.