H.M.S St Barbara – New Memorial Dedication

On Saturday the 30th September 2017 on the Bognor Regis Pier, the Royal Naval Association of Bognor Regis unveiled  a new memorial dedicated to HMS St Barbara, followed by a dedication service.IMG_0307

As a branch of the Royal Navy’s Main Gunnery Training Establishment, HMS Excellent in Whale Island, Portsmouth, HMS St Barbara was commissioned on the Bognor Regis Pier as an anti-aircraft Firing Range and Gunnery Training School for Royal and Merchant Naval personnel.

The training took place on part of pier which was destroyed some years ago in a storm. One claim to fame was on the 10th February 1943 the Piers guns shot down a German Dornier Do 217 bomber aircraft which happened to stray within their sights.

Mrs Joyce Ablitt, is one Bognor Regis resident who actually served at the HMS Barbara, who was in attendance today at 95 years old. Joyce who at the time was a Leading Wren at the school helping to keep the gunners fed during their training and she had to carry food across the narrow gangway that joined the two parts of the pier.

IMG_0321

Reynolds kindly donated the new memorial in their 150th year.

 

IMG_0323

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s