A repair to the HMS Ardent Memorial

The weatherman said Monday 30th September would be the best dry day to carry out a repair to the HMS Ardent Memorial at the National Arboretum in Burton-on-Trent. How wrong could they be! 

When Mr Henderson was a 21 year old, he was Leading Marine Engineer in charge of pumping and flooding in the after section base when HMS Ardent was repeatedly attacked, bombed and sunk on 21st May 1982 during the Falkland War.

Twenty two shipmates lost their lives that day in the cause of freedom for the Falkland Islanders. Mark makes the pilgrimage back to the Falkland Islands every ten years to salute his fallen comrades.

"I will continue to do so as long as I am able. It is the least I can do," said Mr Henderson. "I can never forget that day or those shipmates who gave so much. I am proud to have served on Ardent and proud to help the Association in any way I can."

The anchor of HMS Ardent was retrieved from the sea bed where the ship was lost and now serves as a memorial to it's fallen crew. When a corner of one of the flagstones that form a platform for the anchor broke off, CEO Mark Henderson and Head of Technical Services Kevin Maxted volunteered their services on behalf of Magicman to effect a repair. A grey wet day that made drying and colour matching the stone a very difficult task but they felt privileged to offer their skills and carry out the work. 

Here are some photos from yesterday.