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

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HMS Coventry plaque unveiled

A plaque, which was funded by the HMS Coventry Association, and a tree have been planted at the National Memorial Arboretum in Alrewas, Staffordshire, for the 19 servicemen who died onboard HMS Coventry during the Falklands War.