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ST BARBARA'S CHURCH DEDICATION


© Godfrey Dykes 2004



  Two things to record for naval history happened today in the confines of Portsmouth Harbour and its immediate surrounding areas. The first, that of the blessing and dedication of the Herbert Charles Lott Memorial Plaque on Whale Island, some 59 years after his death, and secondly, the naming of HMS Clyde, the first ship build in Portsmouth since the late 1960's when HMS Andromeda (a Leander Class frigate) was launched. Clyde is a patrol boat destined for almost permanent deployment to the Falkland Islands, and was named during the evening of this day, Thursday the 7th September 2006. This is a picture of the plaque to Herbert Lott dedicated today. It is a highly polished wall brass plate which reflects a great deal of light when photographed with a camera using a flash. Therefore I have posted a large jpeg so that when it is opened, you can easily see the wording on the plaque.


  I am also pleased to see that the Trust Fund now issues a Citation with an Herbert Lott award. It is a piece of card 6 inches by 8 inches and on one side is the Citation stating the named person and the reason for being awarded a prize at the bottom of which is the Royal Navy logo. The reverse of the card shows the following


  As the final act, the Royal Navy paid its respects to, and dedicated the grave of Herbert Lott, on Wednesday the 4th October on what turned out to be a glorious Autumn day in Wallingford. The Service took place at 1100 and was led by the Reverend Martin Poll Royal Navy (Fleet Chaplain Operations) and formally attended by Captain Paul Quinn OBE., Royal Navy and Commander Stephen Carter Royal Navy, both of whom were resplendent in their uniforms and wearing medals. As a tangible mark of respect, both saluted as the Padre blessed and dedicated the grave stone. Also in attendance were Mike (Charlie) Challinor - a many times winner of a Herbert Lott prize - with his wife Rita; Preston (Tugg) Willson and his wife Brenda (no strangers to the grave as the story above shows), John Eilbeck, sadly without his wife Val, who was too ill to travel from Dibden Hampshire, my wife Beryl and myself. We are all ex navy. We were delighted to be joined by Donald Pyne, also mentioned in the story above, who, in 1949, two years after Herbert's death, moved with his parents to the house in which Herbert Lott lived and died, and still lives there to this day. Here are five photographs taken by my wife.
           
  The wreath and card are symbolic of the gratitude universally shown to Herbert Lott for his encouragement and generosity over many long years. Its colours of red, white and blue represent those to be found on the White Ensign of the Royal Navy in which he was so interested. Picture three shows, L-R, John Eilbeck, Donald Pyne, Tugg Willson, and me shaking hands with the Rev Poll. Picture four, L-R, shows Rita Challinor, Brenda Willson, Tugg Willson, Commander Carter, Charlie Challinor, Captain Quinn, John Eilbeck, me and the Rev Poll. Picture 5, L-R, Tugg Willson, Commander Carter, Charlie Challinor, Captain Quinn, John Eilbeck, me, the Rev Poll and Donald Pyne.
RIP Charles Herbert Lott
© Godfrey Dykes 2006.
FOOTNOTE
  In 2009, I heard that in 2003, the various Herbert Lott Funds had been reorganised and that the navy had no records of Herbert Lott Awards before that date. Moreover, in 2007 the Herbert Lott Naval Trust Fund (4008491) was wound up and its property transferred into the Naval Service Prizes and Awards Fund (NSPAF), an unincorporated charity that is a wholly owned subsidiary of the RNRMC (Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity). A range of prizes (in name only) are awarded annually from the NSPAF, including Herbert Lott Prizes for efficiency.