Branches around the country have had their hand in commemorating merchant navy sailors killed at sea this week. Significant delegations of members past and present attended respective Merchant Navy Day ceremonies in Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory on Wednesday.
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This week’s Findmypast Friday marks the release of over 157,000 British Merchant Navy First World War Medal Index Cards, 1914-1925. During the First World War, Merchant Navy seamen, who had served at sea for at least six months and who had served on at least one voyage through a danger zone, were entitled to the Mercantile Marine Medal. The Medal was awarded by the Board of Trade, a committee of the Privy Council of the United Kingdom. Read more about The tragic death of Captain Fryatt
World War Two Atlantic and Arctic Convoy heroes joined veterans and descendants of British Merchant Navy ships at the Cutty Sark in Greenwich today to commemorate the huge contribution made by the crewmen to the safety and prosperity of the country.
The occasion was held to mark the release of a series of Merchant Navy stamps, which go on sale from today.
The main stamp series depicts the East Indiaman Atlas (1813), RMS Britannia (1840), Cutty Sark (1870), Clan Matheson (1919), RMS Queen Elizabeth (1940) and Lord Hinton (1986).