Former Ganges trainees remembered

A PLAQUE dedicated to the memory of servicemen whose ashes are scattered in Shotley has been unveiled.

A PLAQUE dedicated to the memory of servicemen whose ashes are scattered in Shotley has been unveiled.

A crowd of about 30 people attended the unveiling, which was carried out by Peggy Dunlop, the widow of the last captain of HMS Ganges, Murray Dunlop who is buried in Shotley.

The plaque commemorates those who trained at HMS Ganges, which was the largest Royal Naval training establishment in the UK between 1905 and 1975, and whose ashes are spread at the Shotley coast during Remembrance Sunday services.

Situated on the sea wall by the Shotley marina, the plaque was erected following a suggestion by the Shotley division of the HMS Ganges Association, in co-ordination with HMS Ganges Museum.


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The museum's secretary George Barnham said: “It is very important to have this because relatives from all over the country can come down to see it.”

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