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Memorial Re-dedication & Parade, Lewisham, May 2009
Updated 06-May-2014

On 24 May 2009, a parade was held in Lewisham (London) to honour the fallen men of H.M.S. Hood. We are grateful to Duncan MacDonald-Heaney for providing the following information and photos. We thank Duncan, Tony Green and all the others who have made and continue to make the event a success.

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PipersThe "Battle Cruiser H.M.S. Hood South East London Memorial Group" held its annual parade and memorial service on Sunday, 24 May 2009. The parade was well attended and included various dignitaries, ex-service groups, local Sea Cadets and a contingent from T.S.Hood. The group was delighted to welcome Lewisham Mayor Sir Steve Bullock as well as the Mayor of Greenwich,  Councilor Alan McCarthy.  Also in attendance were MP Jim Dowd, Councilor Peggy Fitzsimmons, Cabinet Member for Older People, Councilor Sylvia Scott, Lt Cdr David Lewis, Area Officer Sea Cadets Corps and Lt Alan Tigg, Commanding Officer of T.S.Hood.

Seventeen Standards were paraded, led by Ted Roberts NVA.  The parade was led by the Pipes and Drums of the Emerald society Metropolitan Police. The parade marshal was once again, W.O.II Alan Aiken, 1st Battalion Irish Guards (the Group would like to express their sincere thanks for his excellent service).  Sir Steve Bullock took the salute.

The parade proceeded down Callender Road, then onto Bromley Road and finally onto Allerford Road towards the Bellingham Ex-Service Mens Club. Following the parade, everyone retired to the memorial garden where Sir Steve presented the opening address.  This was followed by a speech from Councilor Fitzsimmons. Before the service, the new standards of the HMS Hood South East London Memorial Group and the Allerford Group were dedicated. 

The memorial service was conducted by the Greenwich RNA Chaplain, Reverend Derek.  The service was simple but very moving. Wreaths were laid by both mayors on behalf of their respective Boroughs,  by Councilor Fitzsimmons for the Allerford Group, Tony Green for the Battle Cruiser HMS Hood South East London Memorial Group and Lt Cdr Lewis for the Sea Cadets.  Duncan MacDonald-Heaney laid a floral tribute on behalf of Mrs. Betty Rees and her family in honour of her father, Royal Marine A.E. Julier who was lost in the sinking of Hood.

Presentation of Hood badges were made to both and mayors and to Councilor Fitzsimmons on behalf of the chairman and the HMS Hood South East London Memorial Group.  After the parade was dismissed, everyone retired to the club for entertainment and refreshments.

The Battle Cruiser HMS Hood South East London Memorial Group would like to thank Mr. Derek Johnstone and his team at the Mayor's office for their continuing support, advice and assistance. They would also like to thank the Committee, staff and members of the Bellingham Ex-Service Mens Club for their untiring efforts and generosity.

Once again, the H.M.S. Hood Association expresses it's thanks to the Battlecruiser HMS HOOD South East London Memorial Group. Their efforts are sincerely appreciated and we wish them continued success.

Assorted Photos of 2009 Parade

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Standard Bearers   The Parade   The Parade  Memorial Service
Hood display   Standards are lowered   After the ceremony   Duncan MacDonald-Heaney