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Merchant Navy Day

Postby lily8 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 1:44 am

Remembering all the brave men of the Mercantile Marine who served in the Great War and WW2 often in terrible conditions to keep the Nation supplied with food and goods and vital materials.
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby lily8 » Sun Sep 03, 2017 2:06 am

Sorry I forgot to add this link :::::

http://www.39-45war.com/merchantnavy.html
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby Matt » Sun Sep 03, 2017 4:26 am

Thanks for that Lily.I knew already but the U-boat that sank the Oropesa that my grandfather was on
was U96 which was the U boat portrayed in the movie Das Boot.
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby filsgreen » Sun Sep 03, 2017 9:20 am

Unsung heroes, Lily. My mate's dad was torpedoed and shipwrecked three times, doing the North Atlantic convoy. He lost three toes and part of his foot through frostbite.
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby Shelagh » Sun Sep 03, 2017 7:34 pm

Merchant Navy during wartime, violent storms, turbulent seas, limited equipment and protective clothing, how did they endure, so brave and hardy!
Rudyard Kipling Poem "Big Steamers" gave children an insight into importance of such vessels at the time...learnt this poem from my mother, she was taught it at school (Daisy Street 1920s) school children then, taught to appreciate where food produce came from, and how it got here!
Thank you Merchant Navy :)
GOD BLESS THEM!

(Merchant Navy - the place where my dad learnt to sew and knit socks :D)
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby lynne99 » Tue Sep 05, 2017 7:18 pm

Couldn't get the link to work and couldn't read the picture. Was this on Sunday. We were in Eastbourne and they were flying a red ensign by the band stand and I could not work out why. You may have just solved it for me. Thanks
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby lily8 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 3:45 am

Matt wrote:Thanks for that Lily.I knew already but the U-boat that sank the Oropesa that my grandfather was on
was U96 which was the U boat portrayed in the movie Das Boot.
Matt


Hi Matt I can't remember if I have previously sent this to you??



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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby lily8 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:25 am

lynne99 wrote:Couldn't get the link to work and couldn't read the picture. Was this on Sunday. We were in Eastbourne and they were flying a red ensign by the band stand and I could not work out why. You may have just solved it for me. Thanks


Sorry the link didn't work for you Lynne it was very interesting.
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby Matt » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:27 am

All I can say Lily is G-d Bless you.That is fantastic.
Now I can show my daughters just what their great grandfather looked like.
All I have is a beat up photo of the day my grandmother Annie Smith married my grandfather.
With thanks
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby lily8 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:37 am

Oh Matt that has made my day, I am chuffed to little mint balls for you you should be able to print a good copy but if not let me know and I will see if I can enhance it. :D :D :D
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby lily8 » Wed Sep 06, 2017 4:54 am

Matt a couple of others I found:::

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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby Matt » Wed Sep 06, 2017 5:08 pm

Thanks again Lily.I have seen the original notification of my grandfathers death but you know
until the day my granny passed away she always held on to the thought that he was still alive somewhere.
She never remarried or even looked at another man because as she put it "my Matt could walk through that door any day"
38 years a widow :cry:
Interesting the address Trinity Road.Just after that she lost that house to bombs after just moving there as her house in Thornton Road
was completely destroyed by bombs earlier.That is why when we landed in Liverpool on the Arundel Castle we went straight up
to the Isle of Arran in Scotland to live with my grans sister and stayed there for 3 years.Can you imagine speaking French with a Scottish
accent when we finally came back to Bootle and 66 Merton Road. :D
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby Shelagh » Wed Sep 06, 2017 7:19 pm

Happy for you Matt, what a wonderful find, can now display your grandfathers photo with pride :D
Lily has done well with such a find :wink:
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Re: Merchant Navy Day

Postby fatboyjoe90 » Thu Sep 07, 2017 1:55 am

Thanks for that link Lily, i found it very interesting. My Grandfather was merchant seaman in the last war, and was torpedoed twice and survived the war. :wink: :)
Cheers Joe.
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