Wreath laid in Holyhead to mark anniversary of RMS Leinster’s sinking

REPRESENTATIVES of the RMS Leinster Memorial Committee visited Holyhead to mark the 104th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Leinster by laying a wreath at the cenotaph memorial on Victoria Road.

Richard Cruise, honorary chairperson, and David Cotter, honorary treasurer, had travelled in remembrance of those from Holyhead and Wales who lost their lives aboard the ship when it sank on October 10, 1918.

In attendance at the wreath-laying event on October 11 were several elected representatives from both Holyhead Town Council and the Isle of Anglesey County Council.

These included Cllr Adrienne Edwards, mayor of Holyhead, Cllr Hywel Williams, deputy mayor, Cllr Alan Williams, Cllr Ann Kennedy (all of whom are from Holyhead Town Council), and Cllr Jeff Evans from Isle of Anglesey County Council.


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The mayor of Holyhead’s consort, Nia Roberts, was also in attendance for the wreath-laying event.

The wreath was laid at the cenotaph war memorial by Richard and Cllr Edwards, with suitable words and pieces of prose being read afterwards to mark the occasion.

Richard, in his address, said: “Our committee’s visit to Holyhead is to recognise and pay homage to the strong ties that exist between the two communities of Holyhead and Dún Laoghaire.

“Both towns were badly affected by the sinking of the RMS Leinster, 104 years ago this week, with so many local lives lost, several of which appear on this memorial behind me.

“Let us remember them all.”

The Dún Laoghaire-based RMS Leinster Memorial Committee is currently focusing on getting a named memorial installed at the Carlisle Pier in Dún Laoghaire Harbour, which would honour all of those who sailed on the last voyage of the ship.

North Wales Chronicle | Anglesey