<<...The bombing was still an unknown story in 1958 when Mr Crowe attended HMS Collingwood...>>
That seems peculiar as many of those I served with at HMS COLLINGWOOD (1960-61 and thrice afterwards) were well aware of the deaths from that bombing - As evidenced by the conspicuously empty spot along the rows of otherwise undamaged wooden huts in that area.
That empty spot stood out like a missing front tooth (RODNEY Division/Area, IIRC).
Still, it's only fair that the full story has finally reached those bereaved families and that their loss is being "Officialised".
I've not been there to see it myself but the OP's article states
<<...For Tuesday's event a wreath will be laid by a tree that was planted for the bombing's 50th anniversary...>>
As an aside...another tree (planted at COLLINGWOOD by Princess Anne, as she was known then, during a visit to open new accommodation blocks on the parade ground ) was uprooted late that same evening. Apparently by some libertyman/men returning on board drunk.
The XO ATT understandably went ballistic so the next day he piped to "...stop ALL night leave...until the culprit(s) own up or are identified."
Us innocent VMs chuckled to ourselves but the hundreds of SR & JR RAs (Ships Co. Staff, Career Courses etc) were unimpressed. As were those awaiting their arrival home and all local phone lines became red-hot...
I don't think those responsible were ever apprehended but it came to pass that free gangway somehow magically re-opened within a mere couple of hours. The buzz ATT was that 'words' had reached CINC Portsmouth who wisely directed that rapid climbdown.
I was then from 74 as a CEM then off and on (there for Mech's Course for 2 years!) till 92 and knew nothing about the WW2 thing at all. ???
Dont think they had any "official" memorial or anything that I ever saw.
Didn't know anything about it until it appeared on daily orders in Tuesday. I'd be interested to know where the tree is, Marlborough building is quite a big place. I'm guessing somewhere along the side by the parade ground?
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I lived near Collingwood from1940 onwards and cerinly knew of the air raid that killed a lot of men on a pay parade (I am a bit hazy about the number killed but maybe 24).
Raids wre quite frequent, I remember a ME109 shooting at a saolr and his girl. My mother, me and baby sister ran for non-existent cover and in the process dropped our ration of sugar for the month. Much of my school timed at Redlands Lane school was spent in horrible air-raid shelters during raids.