Hi all, I am hoping that someone out there maybe able to help me. This post spanes both WW1 & WW2 due to lenght of my Grandads service. When I first started researching his service my Dad told me that his Dads WW1 medals went down on ship, when it was sunk during WW2. Well looking at his service record for this period he was always based at shore establishments. So there was this question hanging over my head...was this an old sea dogs tale...or was it the truth. I had nothing to go by, unitil now. Going throuh his papers I found a ships boarding pass for SS Aguila for passage to Madeira. The dates on the pass are for August 1940. Well going by his service record he was based at HMS President III...so whats going on here, am I missing something? I am totally confused now, I know that HMS President III was a shore base in London, so what's he doing going to Madeira? He was based at HMS President III for nearly 3 years during WW2, so could it have been true about his WW1 medals going down with a ship, seeing that I've found this boarding pass for SS Aguila. SS Aguia was subsequently sunk I think in 41. Any help with this would be great. I've even thought was he some sort of secret agent seeing that the picture on the pass he's dressed in civiy clothing and the trade description is deck hand. I have posted this thread on a site covering WW1 due to its nature. What do you all think?