The following words were spoken by Commander W.D.A. de Courcy King (DSO, DSC, AE) at the tree planting ceremony in Den helder, June 2006:

“In Memoriam, a tribute to my fellow submariners, who did not return from patrol in World War II.”

Their tombstone stretches in a mighty arc
From Norway’s deep
Through Africa’s shoreline
To the Eastern march
And on the beach of Malta’s sand
Their bones are rocked by feeble tides
They were the flower of our land


Commander King can be seen through the tree.