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Pilgrimage to Malta and Tripoli - 21-29 April 2007

Pilgrimage to Malta and Tripoli - 21-29 April 2007

The Neptune visit to Malta and Tripoli has no taken place and was very successful. There were 61 members in the group,  See MALTA/TRIPOLI for full details of key events and participants' comments.


It has taken a long time but the DVD produced by John Mizzi and his Maltese documentary team is available at last. It is of a high quality and is deeply moving. Most of the video footage is taken in Malta and includes a speech by the President of Malta when he unveiled a commemorative plaque for Neptune and Kandahar in the Malta Maritime Museum; a joint service with the George Cross Island Association; visits to the Siege Bell memorial, the War Museum and to the Naval War cemetery. There are 14 interviews with relatives of casualties who describe their personal Neptune connections and these are beautifully woven into the story of the pilgrimage.

The Libyan journey relies on video footage of the boat journey in the Libyan dredger Jarif, taken by Janet Edwards (niece of Able Seaman Alfred Woodward - Neptune casualty). The ceremony at the Commonwealth war graves cemetery in Tripoli was filmed by Robin Clayton. The final interview is with Vi Cornish, widow of Corporal James Auchinlech, the one widow able to make the pilgrimage. The DVD ends most movingly with Captain Rory O'Conor speaking. It came from New Zealand radio archives and was the Christmas 1941 message to the New Zealand families but never broadcast after the ship was sunk.


DVD of PILGRIMAGE - still photographs

A DVD has been assembled by Robin Clayton (son-in-law of Sergeant William Crocker RM - Neptune casualty), containing 150 still photos of the remembrance journey submitted by members. It was shown at the Plymouth meeting in May to general acclaim. It has not got a sound track but the photos show the whole remembrance journey - the three days in Malta; the three days in Tripoli with the visit to the War graves cemetery, the boat journey to the wreck site, and the visits to Leptis Magna and Sabratha; and finally the return to Malta with the ceremony in the Malta Maritime Museum.  A chart is included showing Force K's passage into the minefield and the wreck site where Neptune is believed to lie.

The two DVD's are available as a pair for £15. All those wishing to buy should write to Robin Clayton, 5 Hadfield Cross, Hadfield, Glossop, Derbyshire SK13 1NT



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