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HRH The Princess Royal layed a wreath at Liverpool Naval Memorial

20 May 2013

Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal, accompanied by her husband Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, Commissioner of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission,  laid a wreath at the Liverpool Naval Memorial - a Commonwealth War Graves Commission site - to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic on 26 May 2013.

The Princess Royal, along with Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence and other senior Royal Navy Officers, paid tribute to all those who gave their lives in what Winston Churchill called the "longest, largest and most complex" naval battle in history.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the Royal Navy recognised that it would not be able to man all the auxiliary vessels that would serve with it and enlisted thousands of officers and men of the Merchant Navy to serve with the Royal Navy under special terms. Liverpool was the manning port for registration and administration.

The Commission's Area Director for the UK, Chris McLean, said: "The Liverpool Naval Memorial is at the centre of a series of commemorations during the 70th anniversary of the Battle of the Atlantic.  1,400 officers and men of the Merchant Navy died on active service aboard 120 naval ships and are commemorated by the Commission in Liverpool.''