This is an unusual case not strictly a Non-Com but a GLARING and unbelievably incorrect database entry. My mate Dave Hughes (whom I hugely respect as a real WW2 expert) thinks that the CWGC wrongly record him as a merchant navy seaman (on the Tower Hill Memorial) when in fact he was probably a soldier serving in the flipping ARMY! To me it seems quite likely that the authorities have cocked up here and recorded him as a merchant marine sailor in error! His name appears on Folkestone's civic war memorial which is how David came to know of the (potential) problem. Any help or advice gratefuly received. Neil FOLKESTONE WAR MEMORIAL St. Mary and St. Eanswythe at Folkestone Gunner 1445607 William N LLEWELLIN. 4/2 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery (RA). Died at Sea 7 December 1942. Born last qtr 1903 at Toxteth Park, Liverpool. Resided Liverpool. Not commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission as being a soldier, but is possibly the casualty who resided at 22 Ullswater Street, Liverpool 5, and recorded by the CWGC as follows:- LLEWELLIN, WILLIAM NORMAN. Printer. Merchant Navy, S.S. Ceramic (Southampton). Died 7 December 1942. Aged 39. Commemorated on the Tower Hill Memorial, London. Panel 26. * Should be on the Brookwood Memorial instead? The General Registry Office Second World War deaths, (1942, Volume 14, page 291) record William as Gunner, 1445607, William N. Llewellyn of the Royal Artillery, as opposed to the surname being spelt Llewellyn. Purely supposition on the part of the transcriber of these brief commemorations, but it may well be the case that William was a victim of the sinking of the S.S. Ceramic, and was one of the army Defensively Equipped Merchant Ships (DEMS) gunners on board who were lost, as opposed to having been a member of the Merchant Navy. Again only speculation, but the transcribers researches would seem to indicate that William was in fact serving as a member of the 4/2 Maritime Regiment, Royal Artillery at the time of his death. If William was in fact a soldier, it would mean that he should have been officially commemorated on the Brookwood Memorial, Surrey, as opposed to on the Tower Hill Memorial, London, but at least unlike thousands of other commonwealth victims of both world wars, he is at least officially commemorated. S.S. Ceramic with a gross tonnage of 18,481 tons was built and delivered by Harland and Wolff Ltd of Belfast in 1913, for her then owners White Star Line Ltd. On a couple of occasions during the Great War, the ship escaped being torpedoed, once in the Mediterranean in 1916, and the second time in 1917, in the English Channel. On the 23 November 1942, S.S. Ceramic commanded by 67 year old Captain Herbert C. Elford from Norwich, Norfolk, cleared the Mersey River at Liverpool, and set off for St, Helena, Durban, and Sydney. She had on board, 378 passengers, which included 12 children, and 244 Naval, Military, and Nursing personnel, her crew numbering 278, which included 33 Australian seamen. In the ships holds were stowed 12,362 tons of general cargo and government stores. On 7 December 1942, when she was to the west of the Azores the S.S. Ceramic was sighted and then stalked, by the German IXC type uboat U-515, which was commanded by 33 year old Kapitänleutnant Werner Henke. At approximately 2000 hours Kapitänleutnant Henke struck fired one torpedo, and several minutes after the first explosion, two more hits were made in the engine room of the S.S. Ceramic. Despite being hit by the three torpedoes, the ship remained afloat until just before midnight, when two more torpedoes were fired at her which broke the stricken ship in two, and in another 10 seconds she slipped beneath the waves. At about noon the day after the sinking, the U-515 returned to the scene and surfaced close to a group of survivors, who thought that rescue was at hand, but which was sadly not the case. Two German sailors threw a line to one of the survivors, who was Sapper Eric Monday of the Royal Engineers; he was hauled aboard the U-515 to become a Prisoner of War and to be interrogated. U-Boat Command had ordered Werner Henke to return to the scene of the sinking, to try and pick up the ship's Captain to ascertain the destination of the ship. Ultimately Eric Monday was destined to be the sole survivor from the S.S. Ceramic. At 1510hours on 9 April 1944, the U-515 was sunk in the mid-Atlantic north of Madeira, Portugal, with the los of 16 hands, but amongst the 44 survivors was Kapitänleutnant Werner Henke. In stark contrast to his own actions, Werner Henke and his surviving crew were rescued by their attackers. On 15 July 1944, Werner Henke was shot and killed while attempting to escape from the interrogation center at Fort Hunt, Virginia, USA. It is reported that he simply walked towards the fence in broad daylight and slowly began climbing it. When he continued to climb after the guards shouted for him to stop, he was fatally shot. It is thought that he chose this form of suicide because he believed he faced extradition and a “showcase” trial as a war criminal having left 656 people from the S.S. Ceramic to die. Werner Henke is buried in the Soldiers Cemetery at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland, USA.