Transport and Installation
We are indebted to Tim Paige of Tamar Trailers (Plympton) for the free loan of a suitably strong quality trailer for the transport of our ¾ tonne granite memorial from Cornwall to the NMA at Alrewas Staffs and to Dan Doxsey (21 Club) for providing free of charge towing services. We had an uneventful if wet drive north on 14 October (regularly checking our holding down system), and were able to then leave the trailer secure overnight within the NMA – relief all around.
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On Wednesday 15 October the installation contractor, HIAB truck and ourselves were at the NMA by 0800 just as the rain started. But all went according to plan and by 1000 our memorial was in place.
It is a strong and solid piece, fitting for the reuse of a Devonport Dry Dock granite step. The dock may even have held a Type 21 in its time.
The new Naval Services Memorial provides a terrific back drop to our bench and memorial. Looking back from the NSM, between the left hand glass and the simple strong moving depiction of the matelot, you will see ours.
When looking at the SAMA/Falklands Memorial you will see ours in the right background.
It will outlive all of us and will hopefully provide a suitable permanent reminder of the Types 21 Frigates and her men.