MN_Logo The Men of the
British Merchant Navy

 

With the First World War over, 1920 saw the start of the longest slump the British shipping industry had ever known. Work was scarce on Tyneside, an influx of migrant workers did not help the situation, this was the time of deep recession. Scuffles, fights and even murder; just to put bread on the table for the family of a merchant seaman.

 

The place: The Mill Dam, South Shields. The period:1920's

 

1938 times were about to change, for the men of The British Merchant Navy

1939 Great Britain was at War

Somewhere in the North Atlantic 1941

It is my intention to record the names of seamen of the British Merchant Navy from the North East of England who gave their lives during the Second World War. If you would like to have a family member remembered please email their details.

DATE
SEAMAN
TOWN
AGE
OCCUPATION
SHIP
LOCATION / ACKNOWLEDGMENT / NOTES
17/10/1940
R M Brown
South Sheilds
37
Able Seaman
s.s.Gasfire
Convoy FN11 - The merchantman Gasfire fell victim to German Torpedo Boat S 30, west of Smith's Knoll Lightship as did the (Continental Coasters, Hauxley and PLM 14)

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17/10/1940
A T Cann
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Donkeyman
s.s.Gasfire
17/10/1940
B S Dennis
51
Fireman
s.s.Gasfire
17/10/1940
J R Goudie
42
Able Seaman
s.s.Gasfire
17/10/1940
J T Hanson
24
Fireman
s.s.Gasfire
17/10/1940
W Moore
26
Able Seaman
s.s.Gasfire
17/10/1940
F Ogilvie
.
Able Seaman
s.s.Gasfire
17/10/1940
A Rutter
35
Able Seaman
s.s.Gasfire
24/05/1943
R Baillie
42
Able Seaman
s.s.Corglen
.
03/03/1945
J M Blackburn
.
Donkeyman
s.s.British Commander
.
06/12/1944
T Branchie
.
Fireman
s.s.Fairwater
.
14/02/1943
S Christie
.
Able Seaman
s.s.Marsden
.
14/10/1945
R Francis
50
Master
s.s.Empire Star
.
11/01/1941
J Boynes
Blyth
48
2nd Engineer Officer
s.s.Greyfriars
Grayfriars joined up with north bound coastal Convoy FN.380. A German bomber focused her attack on Greyfriars 1 mile West of No.59 Buoy off the Humber.
Father & son Thomas and Norman were buried in a joint grave at Willington Quay.
11/01/1941
N C Dodds
Wallsend
17
Mess Room Boy
s.s.Greyfriars
11/01/1941
T Dodds
Wallsend
46
Fireman
s.s.Greyfriars
11/01/1941
T Howey
South Shields
36
1st Engineer Officer
s.s.Greyfriars
21/03/1941
W Edgecombe
Sunderland
32
Chief Officer
s.s.Halo
At 6:15pm on 21/3/1947 a parachute mine exploded under the vessal whilst it was berthed along side Beckton Pier on the River Thames. Beckton Pier was used to unload coal for the Beckton Gas Works.
21/03/1941
M McDonald
West Hartlepool
44
Able Seaman
s.s.Halo
21/03/1941
J P Ross
South Shields
28
Able Seaman
s.s.Halo
21/03/1941
G Whitley
South Shields
52
Able Seaman
s.s.Halo
09/04/1941
Yuen Ngau
19
Sailor
m.v.Duffield
.
09/04/1941
Yip Wun
29
Carpenter
m.v.Duffield
09/04/1941
Yow Choy
30
Engine Room Hand
m.v.Duffield
28/04/1941
Yu Pim
48
Chief Cook
m.v.Oilfield
.
28/04/1941
Yen Hing
49
Storeman
m.v.Oilfield
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