A poignant service commemorating a wartime maritime disaster at Freshwater West, in which 79 servicemen died, was attended by over 200 people on Saturday morning.

Only three people survived the sinking of two Landing Craft Guns Ls 15-16 and the HMS Rosemary on April 25, 1943.

In 2000, a simple stone memorial was erected in the car park at Freshwater West.

For the 70th anniversary of the disaster in 2013, Dai Boswell, district parade marshall for Pembroke Dock, and a member of Pembroke Town Council, commissioned two new plaques bearing the names of all servicemen who died.

Speaking after the event, Dai Boswell said: "It was absolutely fantastic; there were 23 standards on the parade from all over, along with a colour party from the fire service and Sergeant Major Gareth Thomas, of the Royal Marines first landing craft squadron, who came up from Devon.

"We even had a Gurkha there and there were groups from Anzacs, the Sea Cadets, the ATC and the Army Cadets.

"It was absolutely brilliant, everybody complimented us on a good turnout; I was very pleased.

"The plaques are there forever for everybody to see; every year it will be the same, we'll have our service to remember the 79 who lost their lives."

Later, Clr. Boswell was later presented with a plaque by Sergeant Major Thomas in recognition of his tireless work for a permanent commemoration for the disaster.