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Welcome to our website which is a collection of pages
dedicated to those who served in the
Merchant Navy during World War Two.
All of us who have contributed
to this site hope that you will find our topics interesting
and educational as well a lasting tribute to the Merchant
and all the others who aided them in
their vital role. The world today can never repay the debt owed
to these men and women.
To them we say
"Thank you -- we will never forget what you
Regretfully, our former Message Board and Guestbook have been discontinued, but
please see our various links pages for other websites with
specific information on merchant seamen and ships.
UPDATE 2008: BILLY McGEE'S ROPNER PARK MERCHANT NAVY MEMORIAL PLAQUE CAMPAIGN & BOOK
Following the success of
Billy McGee's campaign to raise money for
the Merchant Navy Memorial in
Ropner Park, Stockton-on-Tees, England,
Billy wrote his splendid book,
Ropner's Navy, honouring the men who served aboard the Ropner ships. For availability, please check Amazon.co.uk.
To read Andrew Pain's interesting article "Billy ...and His Heroes" in Stockton-on-Tees's Evening Gazette
May 2005 Update on the Milag Nord Memorial
Billy McGee of
British Merchant Navy at War 1939-1945
website, reports that the campaign to raise money for
the Merchant Navy POW Memorial at the site of the WWII POW Camp
Milag Nord has been very successful.
In his letter of 3 May, 2005, Billy writes the following:
"The three Milag Memorial Plaques were unveiled in Germany on the
28th April. Have attached photos of them before they were shipped over.
The unveiling was attended by 20 ex Milag PoW's and 30 local Germans
as well as the Author of
Milag: Captives of the Kriegsmarine
who first came up with the idea.
Cannot upload photos to my site, so please pass on to any interested
To view the photos, please click on the following links:
May 2005: UPDATE ON BIDADARI CEMETERY MEMORIAL DEDICATION AND UNVEILING:
The British Merchant Seamen's Plaque at The Bidadari Memorial Garden, Singapore, has been unveiled in a moving ceremony held on
17 May 2005. The official Press Release reads as follows:
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Singapore, Tuesday 17th May 2005 A memorial plaque dedicated in memory of British merchant seamen and merchant seamen of all nations, civilians and others buried at the former Bidadari cemetery was unveiled this morning by Commander B. Boxall-Hunt RN OBE representing the UK High Commissioner and Reverend Mervyn Moore, an ex-seafarer; Port Chaplain of the Mission to Seafarers. The unveiling and dedication ceremony of this memorial plaque took place at the Bidadari Garden, located off Mt Vernon Road.
The Bidadari Cemetery is one of Singapore’s well-known landmarks dating back to 1907 and was closed for burial in 1972. Amongst those who were buried at the Bidadari Cemetery, many were Merchant Seamen of many nations from old shipping companies like Blue Funnel, Glen Lines, Straits Steamship, Royal Dutch Interocean, CP Ships and British India, etc that traded through Singapore. Ex- Servicemen, Federation of Malaya Police who were killed during service and many others who perished in the Changi internment camps during World War two were also buried at the Bidadari Cemetery.
It is thanks to the efforts of a stalwart group of ex-Merchant Navy Officers who contacted the National Heritage Board, Singapore that this dedication ceremony was organised. It was mutually agreed for a plaque to be placed to show respect to those who had lain within the Bidadari Cemetery by the Merchant Navy and the National Heritage Board, Singapore.
The stalwart group successfully raised sufficient funds through donations, contributed from people all over the world. The donated funds were used for the plaque’s manufacture in Australia, shipment to Singapore and plaque installation. The National Heritage Board, Singapore gave much valuable assistance to the stalwart group in their efforts to bring the memorial plaque to Singapore and to erect it at the Bidadari Garden.
The unveiling and dedication of the plaque is a reminder to us all, of those who gave so much for the many. The plaque stands to remember them for all eternity."
For more information on the unveiling and dedication ceremony, please visit the
Merchant Navy Officers
Thank you to
Captain John Bax for forwarding on the above information about the Bidadari Memorial.
CANADIAN CASUALTY LIST OF WWII MERCHANT SEAMEN NOW
Billy McGee of the former
British Merchant Navy at War
website has compliled a list of the Canadian Merchant Mariners lost
from Canadian, British and foreign ships in WWII. Billy has also included British Seamen lost
on Canadian owned/managed ships. To view Billy's list
Click Here. To return to this page from the Casualty List, just click on your browser's "Back Button".
ATTENTION ANYONE HAVING PROBLEMS OBTAINING CANADIAN MN RECORDS:
If you are running into problems trying to obtain information about a Veteran's records from
Veterans Affairs Canada's Merchant Navy Registry in Charlottetown,
would like to hear form you. Mark is attempting to have the Privacy Act modified to make it
easier for family members to access Information.
Mark can be reached at:
To read about
Marion Kelch and the Artifacts Committee's
successful campaign to save the
Empress of Ireland Artifacts
please see the Star News article
Empress of Ireland Artifacts Saved.
The Canadian Merchant Navy Association
is now encouraging family members of CMNVA members
to apply for membership in the association.
the Membership Chair Velma Emberly
at the e-mail address of:
The CMNVA's Official Newsletter is "The Red Duster".
To send a submission to the "Red Duster",
please contact the Editor and Executive Vice-President
at the e-mail address of
The Second World War Experience Centre
in Leeds, England, would like to hear from
anyone who is willing to share personal
experiences of the war in the form of memoirs, diaries,
letters, recorded interviews, etc.
For more information
Please Click Here
November 7th, 2000: The British government announced
that Merchant Seamen and other British groups who were
imprisoned by the Japanese in WWII (Far Eastern Prisoners of
War or FEPOW) will now receive
compensation. For information on how to apply please go to the
The Burma Star Association website
also has information
of interest to Far Eastern Prisoners of War (FEPOW).
Update on Canadian MN Compensation: Although
the deadline for applications passed as of June 30th, 2000,
Veterans Affairs continues to provide updated information.
To see the Policy Document please go to
Merchant Navy Veterans--War Veterans Allowance Program. For more information on programs and benefits, please go to
Information for Merchant Navy Veterans.
For contact information on Canada's Members of Parliament,
Please Click Here.
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reply to e-mail queries.
Updated 10 November 2007