On Wednesday 15th June 2016, almost fifty descendants and relations of people who died when SS Persia was torpedoed by U38 on 30th December 1915, gathered at Buckler's Hard on the bank of Beaulieu River to commemorate all those who died and those whose lives were irreversibly changed on that terrible day. The service was conducted by Reverend John White, Parish Priest of Beaulieu Abbey and Saint Mary's Chapel at Buckler's Hard. Ralph, 4th Lord Montagu read an extract from a letter written from Valletta by his Grandfather, Colonel Lord John Montagu, telling of the sinking and the fight for survival in a badly damaged lifeboat which lost contact with the only four other lifeboats to escape the sinking. Serving P&O Captain Alistair Clark then read Eileen Mahoney's poem, 'In Waters Deep' which includes the words 'stars a constant vigil keep, for them who lie beneath the deep.' Everyone stood to sing 'The Navy Hymn' - 'For Those in Peril on the Sea', accompanied by the Beaulieu Band. The sundial memorial pictured above, made by Harriet James, was then unveiled by Mr Paul Ludlow, representing P&O Cruises and blessed by John Attenborough, Chaplain of the Port of Southampton, who then led prayers. After the Last Post, and a two minute silence, Reveille was followed by wreath laying, led by Lord Montagu. The words of Agnes Lees, a trainee missionary who survived the sinking were movingly read by a Sister of Daughters of the Cross, some of whom died on SS Persia. After a final Hymn and closing prayers, those who attended were able to mingle and exchange information about those they had lost. New friendships were formed and many handshakes, hugs, smiles and tears. SS Persia and all of those aboard her may be long gone, but they have certainly not been forgotten.