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Memorial held for 19 servicemen who died during the Falklands War

A memorial service has followed the unveiling of a new plaque at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire today, to remember the 19 servicemen who died onboard HMS Coventry in 1982.

The chairman of the HMS Coventry Association, Chris Howe MBE, said that the memorial is a place for survivors to visit and remember the servicemen who died.

Memorial unveiled for Falklands ship disaster

19 crew members died onboard HMS Coventry Credit: ITV News Central

A memorial to those who died on HMS Coventry during the Falklands War in 1982, has been unveiled today.

A single plaque, funded by the HMS Coventry Association, stands in front of an oak tree, which has been planted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire.

In May 1982, 19 crewmen died when an Argentinian missile struck the ship.

A two-day referendum is currently taking place on the Falkland Islands to see if the country wishes to remain a territory of the UK.

HMS Broadsword subsequently rescued 170 of HMS Coventry's crew Credit: ITV News Central
HMS Coventry was a Type 42 destroyer of the Royal Navy Credit: ITV News Central
The National Memorial Arboretum is a year-round place of remembrance Credit: ITV News Central