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Admiral of the Fleet meets Admiral of The Wash

Two admirals rubbed shoulders at the Merchant Navy Day Commemorative Service in London - and one was from Boston.

Admiral of the Wash, Mayor of Boston Cllr Alison Austin, was introduced to the guest of honour, First Sea Lord, Admiral Sir George Zambellas KCB DSC ADC DL, following the service at Trinity Square in London on Sunday (September 7).

Sir George knelt before Cllr Austin when he realised he was before another admiral who was also a Worshipful Mayor.

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Admirals meet at the Merchant Navy Day Commemorative Service in London.

The title of Admiral of The Wash was bestowed upon the Mayor of Boston by Queen Elizabeth the 1st to recognise and protect The Wash and Boston as important merchant trading routes.

Cllr Austin, and Mayor's Consort, Cllr Richard Austin, attended a reception at Trinity House and then witnessed a Merchant Navy march past with standards proudly borne aloft. Accompanying music was provided by the Band of the Royal Yeomanry (Inn of Courts and City Yeomanry).

The event had added poignancy for the Mayor when she discovered among the many names engraved on a memorial to Merchant Navy seamen those of the crews of boats from Boston.

They included the named crews of the Brothertoft, Derwent and Holland. More than 70 trawlermen from Boston died during the First World War, some sunk by German submarines.

The service followed a Merchant Navy Day service at the war memorial in Memorial Gardens, Boston, on Wednesday, September 3.

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One of the dedications to Boston's Merchant sailors killed during the First World War. The trawler Brothertoft was torpedoed by a German U-boat.