We will remember them

Lancastria Medal Application

If you are a survivor or a relative (immediate next of kin only) of a victim or a survivor (one per victim and survivor) you can apply for the Lancastria commemorative medal.

This medal represents official Scottish Government recognition of Britain’s worst ever maritime disaster.

You can download the application bellow.

  1. Click here to download the medal application.
  2. Print out and fill in the application form.
  3. Send completed applications WITH SUPPORTING DOCUMENTATION to: Heather Millar, The Scottish Government, Defence Policy Unit, 1 Rear, St Andrews House, Regent Road, Edinburgh, EH1 3DG

Memorial to HMT Lancastria

01/10/2011

First Minister Alex Salmond has paid tribute to the 4,000 people who lost their lives in the worst single loss of life for UK forces during the Second World War and the UK’s worst maritime disaster.

Seventy one years after the Clyde-built troopship HMT Lancastria was bombed and sunk off the coast of France, the First Minister unveiled a memorial in the grounds of the Golden Jubilee Hospital in Clydebank to those who died and declared it a place of pilgrimage for people to remember the victims and survivors of the disaster.

The First Minister said:
“Through the tireless work of the Lancastria Archive, it is only right and fitting that we should have a monument here in Scotland, close to the site of what was the William Beardmore and Sons shipbuilding yard. At this yard the Lancastria was originally built as a pleasure cruiser, only to later become a troopship. This memorial will be a comfort and focus of remembrance for the thousands of relatives who lost loved ones on that fateful day.

“Three years ago, the Scottish Government took the decision award the newly-struck HMT Lancastria Commemorative Medals to survivors and their relatives to recognise the courage and sacrifice of those on board. Every Scot who has made the ultimate sacrifice in the defence of their nation, and the bravery and valour of those who have fought and still fight today, should be remembered with pride.

“With the unveiling of this beautiful memorial, we will acknowledge it has been a long journey but finally the victims and the survivors of that terrible day are recognised.”

Fiona H. T. Symon, Vice Chairperson of the Lancastria Archive, said:

“For the last six years we have been determined to achieve the right and proper acknowledgement for the thousands of men who died, including my father, Andrew T. Richardson. when the Lancastria was sunk off the coast of St Nazaire 70 years ago.

“Today’s ceremony gives the Association a sense of great satisfaction and fulfils the hope of a lifetime for many of us. Now, for all time, there is a major memorial in Scotland to remember and honour, both those who died, and the survivors who had to live with the lasting memories.”

Originally named Tyrrhenia, the ship was built on the Clyde in 1922 as a state-of-the-art cruiseliner but was renamed Lancastria in 1924. In March 1940 she was requisitioned as a troopship, painted battleship grey and sent to deploy British troops to Norway.

Three months later, on a fateful day in June 1940, at 3.48pm, the Lancastria came under attack from enemy aircraft. She received three direct hits from a German Junkers 88 bomber and within 20 minutes, the 16,243-ton luxury liner sank, taking with her an estimated 4,000 victims. The sinking claimed more victims than that of the Titanic and Lusitania combined.