Cemetery, Sorbie Road
22                                    HMS Dasher Memorial Service                                   23 November 2012

On the afternoon of Saturday 27 March 1943, the Royal Navy aircraft carrier HMS Dasher was sailing in the Clyde Estuary between Ardrossan and Arran. At 4.40 pm, there was an enormous explosion. Within a short time, the ship sank. Of the 528 men on board, 379 were killed by the blast or drowned. On 23 November 2012, a memorial service conducted by Canon Matt McManus of the Church of Saint Peter in Chains was held in Ardrossan Cemetery at the graves of the HMS Dasher sailors who are buried there.