Medway Council votes to ask the Minister of State for Defence to designate the three wrecks of HMS Cressy, HMS Hogue and HMS Aboukir under the Protection of Military Remains Act.

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HMS Cressy

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HMS Aboukir

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HMS Hogue

Excellent Cross Party support asking the Chief Executive of Medway Council to write to the Secretary of State for Defence asking him to designate the wrecks of three Royal Naval Cruisers the Aboukir, Cressy and Hogue under the Protection of Military Remains Act  as a matter of urgency at last nights Medway Full Council meeting.

Councillor Rehman Chishti who is also the Member of Parliament for Gillingham and Rainham pledged to raise the matter on the floor of the House of Commons as soon as possible.

The three cruisers were sunk by a German Submarine U9 on the 22nd September 1914 with the loss of 1459 sailors.

We also voted to recognise and celebrate the continuing remembrance of their service, sacrifice by the hundreds of descendants of those affected by this tragedy.

The Mayor, Councillor Barry Kemp attended a remembrance service at the Hague last month.

In my contribution to the debate I reminded colleagues that as an ex sailor, I fully supported the motion and felt confident that it would be supported and welcomed by the Western Front Association, The Royal Naval Association and Sailors past and present all over the world.

Full details of this tragedy can be found here

Photograph of HMS Cressy by courtesy of Wikepedia 

Photograph of HMS Aboukir by courtesy of Wikepedia

Photograph of HMS Hogue by courtesy of Wikepedia

 

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