Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Memorial service for Falklands leader Sir Henry

A MEMORIAL service will be held next month to honour Admiral of the Fleet Sir Henry Leach, one of the Navy's greatest leaders in the modern era.
Sir Henry, who helped sink the Scharnhorst in World War 2 and went on to lead the Royal Navy as First Sea Lord during the Falklands conflict – famously telling premier Mrs Thatcher that his Fleet could (and should) liberate the islands – died last month at the age of 87.
His decisiveness in 1982 helped to enshrine his position as one of the most revered – and best-loved – Naval leaders of the post-war age.
A service of thanksgiving for his life and achievements will be held in Winchester Cathedral on Friday June 17 at 2pm.
Those wishing to attend are invited to apply for tickets no later than May 27 either by email tosue.dickinson428@mod.uk or by letter to Mrs S Dickinson, Navy Command Headquarters, MP G-2, West Battery, Whale Island, Portsmouth, PO2 8DX.
Tickets will be despatched from June 1 and will be issued on an individual basis; applications should therefore include the full names of all those who wish to attend. Admission to the service will be by ticket only.


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