Operation Source – Kylesku Ceremony

From Tim Honnor

A ceremony took place at the Kylesku Memorial Cairn, at noon on Saturday 23rd September, to honour the eightieth anniversary of the daring raid of our X-Craft on the German Battleship TIRPITZ, was a most successful and poignant occasion for the some sixty or more persons, who were present to witness the wreath laying and prayers.  As  the words of the submarine and naval prayers drifted over the loch waters below, the weather was kind in allowing all to take in the remarkable beauty of this remote spot, enhanced by a lament – and then ‘Highland Cathedral’ – played by a lone piper. 

Ten wreathes were laid, led by the Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland, Major General Patrick Marriott, CB, CBE, followed by submarine associations and family members of those who were involved in this great operation of 1943.

The introduction to the ceremony was a short speech by Jonathan Brett Young DL, who himself has given distinguished service in the Royal Australian Navy.

The speech

With the ceremony over, work is now underway to decide how best to enhance and repair the memorial to the XII Submarine Squadron, and provide two detailed information boards at the site. One board will depict the world-wide operation of the X-Craft midget submarines, and the other focus on Operation SOURCE and the attack on TIRPITZ.

2 comments on “Operation Source – Kylesku Ceremony”

  1. Rob Forsyth says:

    Big shout out for Tim for taking this on so successfully.

  2. James Taylor says:

    BZ TIm.

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