Royal Navy helps the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in Malta
23 November 2012
Officers and sailors of HMS Illustrious carried out maintenance
work, and laid a wreath at the graves of their fallen comrades, at
Malta (Capuccini) Naval Cemetery.
HMS Illustrious sailed into the Grand Harbour in Malta
during a three month training deployment to the
Mediterranean. The crew contacted the CWGC to offer assistance at
the Naval Cemetery in Malta -- an offer which was gratefully
accepted by the commission's local supervisor.
The work of serving members of the Royal Navy -- tending
the graves of those who have gone before them -- is of
practical and symbolic importance for both the Royal Navy and
The 16 sailors who volunteered were led by Lt Kieran Lewis
and Father David Conroy. The work included some maintenance
(weeding/hoeing) of the graves in the cemetery. Afterwards, a
short service of remembrance was held in the cemetery. The
ceremony included the laying of wreaths on the graves
of two sailors graves who had served on HMS Illustrious.