THE sister of a South Yorkshire sailor who died when a landing craft sank after taking tanks across the English Channel for the D-Day Normandy landings was among those who gathered for a service at sea to remember the crew of the newly discovered boat.
Landing craft LCT 427 was returning to Portsmouth on June 7, 1944, after taking tanks to Gold Beach in Normandy but four miles from shore it collided with battleship HMS Rodney. All 13 crew died, including Able Seaman Hallam Carr, aged 19, from Rotherham.
LCT 427’s wreck was only discovered in August this year by members of Southsea Sub-Aqua Club, who began a search for relatives or comrades of the crew.
After coverage in The Star, Hallam’s sister Gladys Ingle, now 85 and who lives in Sheffield, was among relatives of the dead men who came forward. All were invited to the memorial service at the site of the sinking, where wreaths were laid on the water.
Gladys, Hallam’s younger sister, described the moment when she tossed the wreath onto the water.
She said: “It’s so sad to think that they were so close to home. At last I have visited the place where Hallam was lost and said goodbye.”
Local veterans from the LST and Landing Craft Association also attended the service.
The association, which has held its final national meeting because of the advancing years of the members, was consulted about the diving, historical research and the memorial service.
Association archivist and historian Tony Chapman said: “On behalf of the veterans of the LST and Landing Craft Association I would like to hope that the memorial service will finally bring closure to the families of men lost in LCT 427 on that now distant morning almost 70 years ago.
“They lived, trained, fought and died together, thus they remain, together, may God bless and keep them through the silent hours.”