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Memorial to all who perished in the loss of “Arandora Star”

The “Arandora Star” was sunk on July 2nd 1940, with the loss of more than 800 souls. Over 850 survivors were rescued by the Canadian destroyer HMCS “St Laurent” under Commander H.G. de Wolf but the remains of some hundreds of those who perished were never recovered. A small number were eventually carried by wind and tide to a landfall in Colonsay, including the remains of Giuseppe Delgrosso, a native of Borgo Val di Taro. He was brought ashore in a particularly beautiful corner of the island and it is hoped that a small memorial there will serve to preserve his memory and that of all who perished, including those whose only resting place is the sea.

Sacred to the memory of

Giuseppe Delgrosso

and of more than 800 others

who perished with “Arandora Star”

July 2nd 1940

fo sgàil do sgiathan falaich mi

Psalm 17, v. 8
This memorial has now been installed and it is to be dedicated on:
Saturday 2nd July 2005

A warm invitation is extended to anyone who may wish to attend, including all who contributed towards the work and of course to all those who have a personal connection with the tragedy.

On a practical note, please note that the site is fairly remote and entails a walk of more than 1 kilometre each way, across rough heather moorland. For further details of this or any other aspect please contact:

Kevin Byrne, Homefield, Isle of Colonsay, Argyll PA61 7YR

Telephone: 01951 200320


source Senscot

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