Leominster sailor plays part in UK's First World War commemoration service

Able seaman Ryan Davis took part in the UK’s Commemoration Service of the First World War.

Able seaman Ryan Davis took part in the UK’s Commemoration Service of the First World War.

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A YOUNG Leominster sailor was humbled to play his part at the UK’s commemoration service to mark the start of the First World War.

Able Seaman Ryan Davis was selected from the ship’s company of HMS Duncan, to take part in the memorial service at Glasgow Cathedral as a step-liner at the cathedral entrance.

The service was followed by a wreath-laying ceremony in George Square in the heart of the city, attended by His Royal Highness The Duke of Rothesay, as The Prince of Wales is known in Scotland.

He was joined by leaders from across the Commonwealth, including Prime Minister David Cameron.

Working as a warfare specialist, the 22-year-old former Minster College pupil joined HMS Duncan in December 2013 and is responsible for operating the ship's electronic sensors.

“Taking part in this ceremony in Glasgow is a proud moment,” said Mr Davis.

“It is very important to me that I have been able to make even this small tribute in memory of all those who fought for our country.

“And, with the fourth HMS Duncan part of the Royal Navy’s fleet in 1914, it is particularly poignant for us all on board the current HMS Duncan.”

Joining the Royal Navy in March 2013, HMS Duncan is Ryan’s first ship and he has already visited Norway and Belfast.

There have been seven Royal Navy ships named Duncan, including one which served throughout the First World War, giving this service special significance for the whole crew of the current HMS Duncan, which returned to Glasgow – the city in which she was built – for the occasion.

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