HM Submarine Odin Memorial Room

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Youth Hostel

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Composite
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Lettering: Other
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: Painting of Lieutenant Ian MacKenzie Anderson, Annotated photograph of crew (undated), plaque from move of memorial to Oban, badge of HM Submarine ODIN, framed document from gift of Garth House to the SYHA, Roll of Honour of crew in glazed gilt frame. Garth House was presented to the Scottish Youth Hostel Association by Lieutenant Anderson's family. Relolcated from Garth House Youth Hostel at Fortingall (WMO/247858) when it closed in the 1980's
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Painting: LT. IAN MACKENZIE ANDERSON R.N. / ON R.N. SUBMARINE ODIN / SINGAPORE SEPT. 1939 Photograph: H.M. SUBMARINE ODIN / (photograph) / (names) Plaque: THIS MEMORIAL ROOM WAS DEDICATED / ON 18TH JUNE 1983, TO REPLACE THE / MEMORIAL AT GARTH YOUTH HOSTEL / OPENED IN 1951 AND CLOSED IN 1982. Document: GARTH HOUSE / YOUTH HOSTEL AND FIELD STUDIES CENTRE / ON SATURDAY 29th SEPTEMBER 1951./The Right No. the Lord Kinnaird, K.B.E., U.D.,/Lord Lieutenant of the County of Perth,/presided, and after a short Service of Dedication conducted by/the Rev W. Foot, Naval Chaplain,/the Memorial Panel in the Entrance Hall was unveiled by/Captain C.H. Hutchinson, D.S.O. O.B.E., R..N..,/commanding Third Submarine Flotilla./The Hon. Lord Keith,/on behalf of the Scottish Youth Hostels Association, received the keys from the donor,/Mrs MacKenzie Anderson/in memory of her son,/Lieutenant Ian MacKenzie Anderson R.N./and of the Officers and Men of/H.M. Submarine Odin,/Lost in battle in the/Gulf of Taranto, 13th June 1940.//After unveiling the Memorial Captain Hutchinson quoted:-/Nothing is here for tears, nothing to wail,/…. nothing but well and fair,/And what may quiet us in a death so noble,/Let us..../Go fetch him hence, and solemnly attend/With silent obsequy and funeral train/Home to his father's house. Then will I build him/A monument...../With all his trophies hung, and acts unrolled,/Thither shall all the valiant youth resort,/And from his memory inflame their breasts/To matchless valour and adventures high./(John Milton)//and:-/They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; /Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,/At the going down of the sun and in the morning/We will remember them./(Laurence Binyon-For the fallen)//On Returning to the Platform, Captain Hutchinson said,/"We are here today for the opening of this magnificent building as a memorial to Lieutenant Ian Anderson and to/the Commanding Officer, brother officers and men of His Majesty's Submarine Odin./"Odin spent the early months of the war patrolling the East Indies Station in search of enemy raiders and/supply ships. She was then transferred to the Mediterranean. When Italy declared war on the 11th June 1940, Odin, on observation/patrol off Malta, was at once ordered to her war patrol area in the Gulf of Taranto. From this patrol she never returned./"The facts can never be known for certain, but from a study of Italian naval documents examined at the end of the/war, it appears that just before midnight on 13th June, 1940, the Italian destroyer STRALE sighted ODIN at close range./"The Strela fired a torpedo, and then opened fire with her guns on the submarine and turned to ram her. While/executing his turn the Italians had a narrow escape, a torpedo from the submarine just missing their stern. The Italians in/turn missed Odin with their torpedo, which probably exploded on hitting the sea bed, as they record that they heard a /dull explosion afterwards. But Odin dived, successfully foiling the enemy's endeavour to ram, and was completely submerged/when Strela passed overhead and dropped two salvoes of depth charges. Next day a large oil patch was all that remained/to mark the wreck of Odin. The shower of depth charges had ended this spirited action, and, with her hull split open, the/end must have come instantaneously for the gallant crew of the submarine./"The Captain of the Flotilla, in a written report on Odin forwarded before this final action took place stated, "I have/been most impressed with the general bearing and efficiency of Lieutenant Commander Woods and his officers and men./" I never had the privilege of knowing Ian Anderson, but I knew Lieutenant Commander Woods well and I know how true is the tribute paid to all in Odin./"Service in submarines demands mental and physical stamina, courage of a very high order and good fellowship,/combined with an ability to make quick decisions and a real sense of responsibility. These attributes are best found in/comparatively young men. How fitting, therefore, that this memorial hostel, now opened in their memory, should for/all time house people like that- comparatively young people with the spirit of adventure and the spirit of comradeship!/"To those who will make use of this hostel, I would say, Remember that it is as a result of youth's sacrifice in war/that you are able to enjoy the freedom of this building amidst its peaceful and beautiful surroundings. You will also, I know,/think with gratitude of the generosity of Mrs Anderson and the Scottish Youth Hostels Association in making this centre available./"To the relatives of the Officers and Men of Odin may I say that you have cause to be proud of the men whom/you miss, but whom you have not lost and will never lose. What better encouragement can they have than the words/quoted in an Empire broadcast by our own beloved King?/And I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,/Give me a light that I may tread safely into the Unknown,/And he replied,/Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God,/That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way."/(Louise Hoskins) Roll of Honour: THE UNDERMENTIONED OFFICERS AND MEN OF H.M. SUBMARINE/"ODIN"/WERE KILLED IN ACTION WITH THE ITALIAN DESTROYER "STRALE"/ON THE NIGHT OF 13TH JUNE 1940, IN THE GULF OF TARANTO/[53 names]

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