Remembering HMS Stonehenge, 80 years on

Representatives from across the military and civilian communities came together at Stonehenge World Heritage Site today for a service of prayer and remembrance to mark 80 years since the loss of HMS Stonehenge at sea.

HMS Stonehenge, a WW2 submarine (S Class P232), disappeared during its second patrol and was declared overdue on 20th March 1944 while patrolling between northern Sumatra and the Nicobar Islands.  It is thought that it likely hit a mine and sunk, however, the wreck has never been found.  HMS Stonehenge was declared lost on 22 March 1944 with all 50 sailors who had been onboard.

National veterans’ charity Alabaré have organised this event to commemorate the submarine and are grateful to English Heritage for the opportunity to gather at the iconic site which is the submarine’s namesake.  The event was attended by HM Lord-Lieutenant of Wiltshire, Mrs Sarah Rose Troughton, DStJ and the service was led by Rt Reverend Stephen Lake, Bishop of Salisbury and Alabaré Patron.

Alabaré help veterans from across the UK who are vulnerable and homeless, providing safe accommodation and a pathway of support to help them move to bright futures.

Bishop Stephen said the service was "extremely moving".

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