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
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.''