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World War II: Memorials

Volume 507: debated on Tuesday 9 March 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence if his Department will take steps to commemorate those who died on RMS Lancastria, on the 70th anniversary of the sinking of the ship on 17 June 1940. (320863)

Each year the whole country pauses in reflection and remembrance of the sacrifice and loss of life for all those who have died as a result of conflict. This includes all of those service personnel and civilians who perished on RMS Lancastria on 17 June 1940.

The Ministry of Defence has no current plans to commemorate the 70th anniversary. However, during the Merchant Navy Day Commemorative Service due to coincide with the anniversary on 17 June 2010 in Trinity Gardens, Tower Hill, London, particular attention will be given to marking the loss of the many lives on board RMS Lancastria.