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Royal Naval Ashes Committal: Portsmouth

This is guidance for the Portsmouth Service.

Arrangements can be made for a ceremony, which includes a short religious service to be carried out at Spithead Portsmouth at a point near to Spitbank Fort. Committals are conducted by a Naval Chaplain. Usually more than one committal is carried out per trip.

Due to high security at a naval base and availability, you should allow a reasonable amount of time to make arrangements.

The base is operational military establishment and therefore there should be understanding that operational demands and site security need to take precedence. And whilst every effort is made to ensure that the committal takes place on the agreed date, sometimes bad weather or a very poor sea-state means we are forced to cancel. They will attempt to notify you in advance should this occur.

On rare occasions we may get out of the harbour only to find that the sea state makes the committal impossible. In which case it is our custom to return and offer a short service at St Ann’s Church and reschedule the committal to a later date.

You may choose to order a Royal Naval Committal Urn

Contact details:

Telephone – 02392 723000  – ask to be put through to the chaplaincy


10 thoughts on “Royal Naval Ashes Committal: Portsmouth

  1. Reply
    Lesley - 2nd February 2024

    My father is a Royal Navy man and we wanted to put his ashes in the sea. Also my brother passed away and he loved the sea and Portsmouth. There is only myself and sister is this something we can do with the Navy please

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      Richard Martin - 6th February 2024

      I think the Navy would be willing to scatter you father as he was in the Navy, it is unlikely that they will scatter brother sadly unless he had some connection. The deatils of how to contact the Navy are on this post. Kind regards

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    Jasmin Dunn - 16th April 2021

    Interested in my father’s ashes put to sea ex navy world war 2 died 2019 age 93 the problem I would have is being there personally please advise daughter to William Jasmin Dunn

    1. Reply
      Richard Martin - 20th April 2021

      Dear Jasmin
      For such matters you would need to contact the Navy directly on the email provided. I hope that helps
      Kind regards

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    Donna Remmington - 6th June 2019

    I would like to take advantage of this service.
    My father was a Fleet Air Arm pilot during WW2 latterly moving to Air Traffic Control. He died in April of last year.
    My mother was Wren during WW2. She and my father met in the Orkney Isles and were married for 70 years before she died in 2017.
    They were both cremated and their ashes saved together in a double cardboard urn.
    Could you let me know what I should do next.
    Thank You
    Donna Remmington

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      Richard Martin - 24th June 2019

      Dear Donna
      Thanks for getting touch.
      You will need to follow the advice on the page and contact the RN chaplaincy directly, the email and postal address are on the page.
      Kind regards

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    Paul Phelps - 18th April 2019

    My granddaughter in laws father was exRoyal Navy and was cremated but she said he always wanted his ashes scattered at Sea. I made a promise to her I’d make that happen for her peace if mind ,I’m ex Merchant navy and Army ( Marchwood)and tradition is important to old sweats can you please help

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      Richard Martin - 23rd April 2019

      Hi Paul
      You will need to contact the Royal Naval Chaplaincy directly, the contact details are on the page above.

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    Lisa Higgins - 13th November 2018

    Hi I’d like details of the committals for my mother inlaw. We had a lovely service you did in may for my grandad. Obviously she’s not a navy person is this ok as it’s her wishes.

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      Richard Martin - 13th November 2018

      Hi Lisa
      Is this question to us or the Royal Navy? The Navy don’t carry out committals for non-Naval personnel. There are a number of boats that operate in the solent area that could possibly provide the service for you –
      I hope this helps.
      Kind regards

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