Memorial, South Beach 96
21 March 2014
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. Wren Barbara McLean, later Barbara Kay,
tended the injured and dying. Every year since 2000, there have been commemoration
service on or near the anniversary. Barbara was a faithful attender and would
place a red rose in the sea in memory of 'her boys'. The picture above was taken
during the a service to dedicate a memorial stone to Barbara on 21 March 2014.
service was conducted by Canon Matt McManus, Parish Priest of the Church
of Saint Peter in Chains. Members of Barbara's family and
Deputy Provost Robet Barr were in attendance. Ciaran Sinclair
played a lament on the bagpipes.