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Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim attends Service of Remembrance on Rathlin Island


Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr David McCorkell, attended a Service of Remembrance today, Sunday 21 November, on Rathlin Island.

On what was described by the Lord-Lieutenant as a ‘poignant day in a stunning part of the County’, Mr McCorkell laid a wreath on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.


On the return journey on the Rathlin Island Ferry, he also laid a biodegradable wreath at sea to commemorate HMS Drake.

The World War One cruiser was torpedoed by a German submarine U-79 after her Convoy HH24 had dispersed, with the loss of 18 lives, on 2 October, 1917.


She sank about five miles off Rathlin Island, County Antrim.


A buoy marks the spot where the largely intact wreck lies in Church Bay.


Lord-Lieutenant of County Antrim, Mr McCorkell, was accompanied by Antrim Lieutenancy Deputy Lieutenant, Colonel Stewart Douglas, OBE, DL.



Photos: McAuley Multimedia