Merchant Navy Memorials To The Missing - Graves Found

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  1. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    UK, Merchant Seamen Deaths, 1939 -1953
    Name: Nicholas Antoniou
    Age: 34
    Birth Date: abt 1905
    Birth Place: Cyprus
    Death Date: 31 Dec 1939
    Death Place: at Sea
    Father: KATRiNG

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  2. temptage

    temptage I thought it would only take a few weeks......

    Im wondering if the 'Stefanos' that was on his burial record might be his middle name, even though they have it as his surname, as the card that Tricky Dicky has added show Antoniou as his surname also.

  3. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    Merchant Navy records show just first and last name only - Nicholas Antoniou.
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  4. Billy McGee

    Billy McGee Senior Member

    Yacht HMY Orca, 98grt, (Admiralty) Formerly a private yacht, named the Cachalot belonging to a retired Lieutenant Colonel Claude Beddington was requisitioned by the Admiralty in 1940 and Beddington given command as her Master. Departing Brixham on the 21st August 1940 bound for Holyhead. Three days later the Orca was five miles off the Welsh coast when two enemy aircraft swooped down raking the yacht with machine-gun fire. Strafing the ship’s deck, Beddington, standing at the helm, was killed instantly. The remaining crew of five eventually arrived safely in port.
  5. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Commemoration now moved. He is to receive a CWGC headstone.
  6. Tricky Dicky

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  7. Graeme W

    Graeme W New Member

    I am in the process of locating Russel's relatives in Nova Scotia ~ the CWGC have requested contact with them.
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  8. Tricky Dicky

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    UK, Merchant Seamen Deaths, 1939 -1953
    Name: Russel Adamson
    Age: 26
    Birth Date: abt 1914
    Birth Place: Canada
    Death Date: 21 Dec 1940
    Death Place: Liverpool

    Not sure why I didnt post this before, some interesting notes on there

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  9. temptage

    temptage I thought it would only take a few weeks......

    I've just noticed that the record for Nicolas Antonio is still showing as TOWER HILL MEMORIAL.
    Most records are altered well within a year to show the new details along with the obligatory "The CWGC are in the process......" etc
  10. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Everyone at CWGC is working from home at present Tony. This grave find was reported to them as it sits on the list that IFCP send me once a month.

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  11. temptage

    temptage I thought it would only take a few weeks......

    Thats OK. Just didnt want it to be forgotten.
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  12. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Merchant Navy

    S.S. Graslin (Cardiff)

    Date of Death
    Died 04 April 1941

    West Kirby St Bridget Churchyard, Cheshire.
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  13. chrisharley9

    chrisharley9 Senior Member

    Chief Engineer

    Regiment & Unit/Ship
    Fishing Fleet
    Steam Trawler Charmouth (Milford Haven).

    Date of Death
    Died 14 November 1946
    Age 65 years old

    Milford Haven Cemetery.
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  14. jonheyworth

    jonheyworth Senior Member

    The Charmouth hit a mine as I recall with many casualties. I didn’t realise one wasn’t listed ! Good eye
  15. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    LEWIS CARADOE REES-JONES - if this is the same chap seems hes a little bit of a rascal

    UK, Registers of Habitual Criminals and Police Gazettes, 1834-1934
    Name: Caradoc Rees Jones
    [Lewis Rees Jones]
    [Louis Jones Caradoc]
    Event Type: Conviction
    Birth Date: 1894
    He seems to use a variety of names

    UK, Merchant Seamen Deaths, 1939 -1953
    Name: Lewis Caradoc Rees-Jones
    Age: 49
    Birth Date: abt 1892
    Birth Place: West Kirby, England
    Death Date: 4 Apr 1941
    Mother: Ann

    First one of these I have ever seen
    UK, Calendar of Prisoners, 1868-1929
    Name: Lewis Caradoc Rees Steveni
    [Caradoc Rees Jones]
    [Lewis Rees Jones]
    Trial Age: 36
    Birth Date: abt 1892
    Trial Date: 25 May 1928
    Trial Place: Newington, London, England
    Occupation: Salesman
    Charge: Fraud; Fraud; False Pretences; False Pretences; False Pretences Fase Pretences
    Sentence: 9 months

    There are other Police files but I think you get the picture


    The MN card may not be the right one for him - re checking Ancestry but it keep coming up with that card for him
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  16. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    According to Arnold Hague the SS Graslin movements during WW2 were

    Methil, Apr 20, 1940 MT.56 (Methil - Tyne)
    Tyne, Apr 21, 1940 FS.152 (Tyne - Southend) Southend, Apr 23, 1940
    Clyde, Nov 11, 1940 WN.37 (Clyde - Methil) Methil, Nov 16, 1940
    Clyde, Nov 27, 1940 WN.45 (Clyde - Methil) Methil, Dec 1, 1940
    Southend, Dec 30, 1940 FN.371A (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Jan 1, 1941
    EC.42 (Southend - Clyde) Tyne, Jul 7, 1941
    Southend, Jul 26, 1941 EC.51 (Southend - Clyde) Sunderland, Jul 28, 1941
    Southend, Sep 6, 1941 EC.70 (Southend - Clyde) Sunderland, Sep 8, 1941
    Southend, Sep 8, 1942 FN.808 (Southend - Methil) Tyne, Sep 10, 1942
    Barry, Jun 5, 1944 EBC.2Z (Barry - Seine Bay) Seine Bay, Jun 8, 1944
    Solent, Jun 23, 1944 FTC.15 (Seine Bay - Southend) Southend, Jun 24, 1944

    and for SS Monarch
    Methil, Oct 20, 1939 FS.24 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Oct 22, 1939
    Blyth, Mar 17, 1940 FS.123 (Tyne - Southend) Southend, Mar 19, 1940
    Methil, Jul 19, 1940 FS.226 (Methil - Southend) Southend, Jul 21, 1940
    Southend, Sep 26, 1940 FN.291 (Southend - Methil) Methil, Sep 28, 1940
    Methil, Nov 28, 1940 EN.33/1 (Methil - Oban) Scapa Flow, Dec 3, 1940
    Methil, Jan 29, 1941 EN.64/1 (Methil - Oban) Scapa Flow, Jan 31, 1941
    Methil, Oct 8, 1941 EC.82 (Southend - Clyde) Scapa Flow, Oct 9, 1941
    Methil, Jan 9, 1942 EN.30 (Methil - Oban) Lyness, Jan 12, 1942
    Lyness, Feb 17, 1942 WN.246 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Feb 19, 1942
    Methil, Mar 10, 1942 EN.57 (Methil - Oban) Lyness, Mar 11, 1942
    Methil, Jul 8, 1942 EN.108 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Lyness, Jul 9, 1942
    Lyness, Jul 22, 1942 WN.312 (Loch Ewe - Methil) Methil, Jul 23, 1942
    Methil, Oct 6, 1942 EN.146 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Kirkwall, Oct 8, 1942
    Scapa Flow, Oct 25, 1942 WN.353 (Oban - Methil) Methil, Oct 26, 1942
    Methil, Jul 9, 1943 EN.253 (Methil - Loch Ewe) Scapa Flow, Jul 10, 1943
    Southend, Dec 9, 1944 TBC.2 (Southend - M Haven) Milford Haven, Dec 12, 1944

    It appears then that he was left at Cardiff as he had presumably some sort of medical problem - the attached image has the handwritten word 'Hospital' against his name and hes the only person noted from that ship
    UK, World War I and World War II Shipping and Seamen Rolls of Honour, 1914-1945
    Name: Lewis Caradoc Rees-Jones
    Death Date: 4 Apr 1941
    Death Country: United Kingdom

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  17. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    How the hell does he end up in Essex

    England & Wales, Civil Registration Death Index, 1916-2007
    Name: Lewis C Rees-jones
    Death Age: 49
    Birth Date: abt 1892
    Registration Date: Apr 1941
    [May 1941]
    [Jun 1941]
    Registration Quarter: Apr-May-Jun
    Registration District: Southend on Sea
    Inferred County: Essex
    Volume: 4a
    Page: 1271


    Ahhh the SS Graslin is registered to Cardiff - he ended up leaving the ship and being admitted to an Essex hospital
  18. Tricky Dicky

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    UK, Merchant Seamen Deaths, 1939 -1953
    Name: William James Boast
    Age: 65
    Birth Date: abt 1881
    Birth Place: Gt. Yarmouth, England
    Death Date: 14 Nov 1946
    Death Place: At Sea

  19. Hugh MacLean

    Hugh MacLean Senior Member

    They are two different people TD.
  20. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    So its an Ancestry transcription error - thanks Hugh

    It just seemed that as he several alias's ...............................

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