VIDEO: Submariners remembered in Rothesay service

The three submariners who lost their lives in an accident in Loch Striven in 1944 were remembered at a short graveside memorial service on Saturday afternoon.

Members of the West of Scotland and Scottish branch of the Submariners’ Association paid a brief visit to Rothesay Cemetery 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.

Members of the West of Scotland and Scottish branch of the Submariners' Association visited Rothesay Cemetery on Saturday afternoon to pay tribute to the three submariners who lost their lives in an accident in Loch Striven in 1944.

Members of the West of Scotland and Scottish branch of the Submariners' Association visited Rothesay Cemetery on Saturday afternoon to pay tribute to the three submariners who lost their lives in an accident in Loch Striven in 1944.

The three men, who were stationed at HMS Varbel, the requisitioned former Kyles Hydro hotel in Port Bannatyne, at the time, died on March 6, 1944 when their midget submarine, XE11, sank to the sea bed after colliding with the boom defence vessel Norrina while the sub was rising to the surface.

* Click on the video above to view a few short clips from Saturday’s service.