Submarine memorial to take place on Bute

Three 'midget submariners' from the 12th Submarine Flotilla are buried in Rothesay Cemetery.
Three 'midget submariners' from the 12th Submarine Flotilla are buried in Rothesay Cemetery.

The Scottish branch of the Submariners’ Association will visit Bute this weekend to pay their respects to three men who died in an accident in Loch Striven 71 years ago.

The short memorial service, taking place at Rothesay Cemetery this Saturday, May 9, will give the organisation the chance to pay tribute to Lieutenant Aubrey Staples of the South African Naval Force and Able Seaman J.J. Carroll and Stoker First Class E.W. Higgins of the Royal Navy.

The three men died on March 6, 1944 when their midget submarine, XE11, sank to the sea bed after colliding with a boom defence vessel while on a training exercise.

The Bute commemoration forms part of the organisation’s annual Clyde pilgrimage, which also includes visits to Lochranza and Dunoon to remember the men who were lost when the submarines HMS Vandal and HMS Untamed sank in February and May of 1943.

The short memorial service at Rothesay Cemetery is expected to take place at around 1pm, though the exact time is subject to change depending on the time taken for the group to sail from Lochranza on a Navy support tender.