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Remembrance service to remember 19 who died during sinking of HMS Coventry

Published Monday, 15 May 2017

The Lord Mayor of Coventry is asking members of the public to attend a remembrance service to mark the 35th anniversary of the sinking of HMS Coventry and to remember the 19 men who lost their lives.

HMS Coventry was a Type 42 destroyer in the Royal Navy during the Falklands conflict. It was struck by three bombs on 25 May 1982. Two of the bombs caused critical damage which caused flooding aboard the ship. Within 20 minutes, HMS Coventry had to be abandoned. It then capsized and sank.

19 crew were killed, 30 were injured and the other 170 were later rescued.

A memorial plaque to those who lost their lives on HMS Coventry can be found inside Holy Trinity Church, Coventry.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry (Elect), Councillor Tony Skipper, said “It will be an honour to remember the brave 19 men who sadly lost their lives after the attack on HMS Coventry. It’s important that we, as a city, continue to remember and respect the sacrifices paid by these men.”

“As a city of peace and reconciliation, I feel it only fitting that we also remember all of those who died or were affected by the Falklands war, including the many Argentinian families who suffered pain and loss.”

The remembrance service will take place on Thursday 25 May at 11am in Holy Trinity Church. Members of the public are welcome to attend and join in the service. 

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