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World War I commemoration service held on Islay

World War I commemoration service held on Islay

World War I commemoration service held on Islay, © dpa

04.05.2018 - Press release

A memorial service commemorating the loss of two British troop ships carrying US-American soldiers during World War I - one shot by a German submarine - was held on the Scottish island of Islay on 4 May. Germany paid tribute by sending German Navy frigate FGS Lübeck and laying a wreath.

The service remembered the victims of the SS Tuscania which was torpedoed by German submarine UB-77 on 5 February 1918 and the victims of the collision between the HMS Otranto and the HMS Kashmir on 6 October 1918.

HRH the Princess Royal
HRH the Princess Royal© dpa

The German Embassy London's Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Tania von Uslar-Gleichen joined HRH the Princess Royal, Cabinet Secretary for Culture, Tourism and External Affairs, Fiona Hyslop , the Ambassador of the United States of America to the UK Woody Johnson and the French Consul General in Scotland Emmanuel Cocher, and laid a wreath. Germany’s Consul General in Edinburgh Jens-Peter Voß was also in attendance.

World War I commemoration service held on Islay
World War I commemoration service held on Islay© dpa

At sea, a wreath laying ceremony was held on board ships of all participating nations. The German Navy was represented by the FGS Lübeck.

In addition to commemorating the victims of the First World War, the service symbolised the close relationship and friendship the four nations enjoy today.