Glasgow Remembrance Parade

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Submariners from HMNB Clyde and other serving military personnel and veterans from around Scotland were at Glasgow’s George Square on Sunday, November 13, for this year’s Remembrance Service.

Laying a wreath at the city’s cenotaph on behalf of the Senior Service was Commodore Bob Anstey, Naval Base Commander Clyde. The Royal Navy also provided the Guard of Honour for this year’s event, with music provided by the Royal Marines Band as well as the Army’s 6 SCOTS Band.

Contingents from HMS Neptune, HMS Clyde, HMS Dalriada, and HMS Caledonia all attended, along with Royal Navy sailors from the city’s namesake ship – HMS Glasgow – who are currently stationed at BAE Systems’ in Scotstoun shipyard, while the Type 26 frigate is under construction.

One HMS Glasgow sailor who was particularly proud to attend was Chief Petty Officer (CPO) Graham Foggett one of the ship’s Marine Engineer Group Heads.

“Taking part in the Remembrance Parade as part of HMS Glasgow ship’s company, here in Glasgow, holds special significance for me,” said Graham.

“My Grandad, Thomas Foggett, served in the Royal Navy during World War Two on landing craft. While preparing for the D-Day landings in Inveraray, in Argyll & Bute, he went on shore leave in Glasgow where he met my grandmother, Jean Aitken, from Shettleston.”

He continued: “My Grandmother worked in Stephens shipyard on the River Clyde during the War as a welder. So it’s amazing for me to be stationed on the River while HMS Glasgow is in-build. After the War ended the pair married and had four children. They remained together for 65 years.”

Thomas Foggett landed personnel and tanks at both Normandy and Sicily until he was injured by a piece of shrapnel.

Grandson, Graham, took along his grandfather’s medals to the Glasgow Remembrance parade in memory of him.

“My Grandfather was the main reason I joined the Royal Navy, and both my Grandparents attended my passing-out parade when I entered the Royal Navy in 2003,” said Graham.

There have been nine Royal Navy ships to hold the name HMS Glasgow, with the first launched in 1707.

The Type 26 frigate is the first City Class vessel currently under construction for the Royal Navy at BAE Systems in Govan. The vessel’s main roles are anti-submarine warfare and air defence operations, although their flexible design means that they can undertake security, humanitarian, and disaster-relief operations among other activities.

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