In Memoriam - Wren Annie McCormick
The main Galley HMS Blackcap 1943. Annie
McCormick middle front row
A tragic accident
On the night of 31st May 1943 a party of WRNS
ratings was returning to the wrennery at HMS Blackcap, RNAS Stretton
in Cheshire, after attending a local dance. They were passengers on
the back of a 3 ton truck. At Wrights Green the truck driver lost
control and the vehicle crashed into a field and overturned in a
ditch. Six passengers were killed, 3 Wrens and 3 naval air
mechanics, and 12 others were injured in the crash.
Of the 6 ratings who lost their lives that night 5 were buried by
their families in their home towns, the sixth, 29 year old Wren
Steward No. 15425 Anne Elizabeth McCormick, was buried by the navy
with full military honours, in the graveyard of St Cross Church,
Appleton Thorn. The Church was about 300 yards from the main gate of
Wren McCormick, known as 'Anna' to her friends,
was very well liked by all the wrens who knew her and this was
reflected in the turn out for her funeral; the ships company, apart
from those who could not spared from duty, attended the funeral
along with many of the local residents attended. The funeral service
itself was held at the War Memorial as there was insufficient
seating in St. Cross church.
Annual remembrance of Anna's life
A number of her fellow Wrens decided to meet at
St. Cross each year to pay tribute to her memory but over the years
fewer and fewer of them were able to attend the service; beginning
in the early 1990s the Manchester Branch of the Fleet Air Arm
Association and the Wrens decided to incorporate the celebration of
'Anna's' life in the annual remembrance service for all those who
served in HMS Blackcap, held at St Cross Church, Appleton Thorn in
June each year.
Tony Drury, Jan 2006
Mr. George Rose for all photographs and the account of the
accident and Annie's burial.
'Wrens fly in to remember ex-colleague'
by JULIA RAVENSCROFT at www.thisischeshire.co.uk
Updated: November 2012
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