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Army captain from Boston in deep sea tribute on wreck of HMS Maori

By Boston Target  |  Posted: October 22, 2012

Ken McIntosh

ACT OF REMEMBRANCE: Captain Ken McIntosh from Boston together with Major Dave Stone recently laid a memorial cross on the wreck of HMS Maori.

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A SERVING army captain from Boston has taken part in an unusual Act of Remembrance.

On a recent visit to Malta, Captain Ken McIntosh together with Major Dave Stone carried out a dive to the wreck of HMS Maori and attached a Royal British Legion Memorial Cross to the ship.

HMS Maori was a Tribal-class destroyer in the Mediterranean Fleet and was sunk on February 12, 1942 at her moorings in Malta Grand Harbour by enemy aircraft.

The ship was then raised and scuttled off Malta and came to rest just offshore from Valletta.

Captain McIntosh told the Target he was shocked by number of the ship's features that were still clearly visible.

He said: "I was surprised how easily recognisable the ship was. The forward guns had been removed but the anchor winches and gun placements were clearly identifiable.

"During the course of my 24-year career I have attended many Acts of Remembrance but this was very different.

"The serenity of being under the sea with colourful fish alongside, the sun piercing the green-blue water and only the sound of our bubbles to disturb the moment was utterly surreal and only added to the poignancy of remembering those who were killed and wounded when the Maori was hit.

"It was a real privilege and an honour to be involved."

Captain McIntosh and Major Stone fitted the memorial cross to an area of the ship's bridge, before pausing for a moment's silence.

This Sunday, members of the Boston branch of the Royal British Legion together with local army cadets, will be cleaning war grave headstones in the town's cemetery.

Branch secretary Stephen Morrison said: "We have permission from the Commonwealth War Graves to carry out, twice a year, a lick and polish. We just use ordinary water.

"What we have also done, in conjunction with Boston Borough Council, is gone round and had a little look at the cemetery.

"We found a number of First World War graves so if the weather is fine a group will be detached from the cleaning to look for more."

Around 60 such graves have been discovered in addition to 40 Second World War graves.

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