On the 17th of June 1940 the troopship Lancastria was sunk by German bombers off the French coastal town of St. Nazaire and sank in just 20 minutes. 4000 troops of the British Expeditionary Force lost their lives. Its the worst single loss of life in British maritime history and the worst single loss of life for British forces in the whole of World War 2. The MoD are refusing to designate Lancastria an official maritime war grave even though internal emails from MoD legal officials show the wreck could be designated an official maritime war grave under the Protection of Military Remains Act (1986). Survivors, veterans and relatives are now campaigning to force the MoD into recognising this loss and have started a petition which has attracted signatures from across the world. They will submit the petition to Downing Street early next year. You can electronically sign the petition by visiting www.lancastria.org.uk and then clicking on the petition link. There are many penpushers in Whitehall who would prefer to forget the sacrifice made by these men, but I hope you will not. Cheers.