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Discussion in 'United Kingdom' started by Chris C, Sep 19, 2018.

  1. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Hi all,

    I am wondering if someone with access to the British Newspaper Archives had a couple of minutes to spare to see if they could turn up a newspaper article reportedly printed about my grandfather, Thomas (Edward James) May of the merchant marine.

    He was a mate on the Severn Leigh in early February 1940 which was part of a convoy to Norwegian waters. The Severn Leigh is listed in the convoy database as being "put back" due to a collision.

    The family story ... I'm afraid I don't think I remember all the details right, but he was or had been in the bridge and maybe had stepped away to get a cup of cocoa, and that saved his life. And I think he may possibly have stepped from one ship to the other along with his cocoa?

    Anyway, supposedly a newspaper (maybe from Bristol?) reported something like "Sailor saved by cup of cocoa". I know members of my family would be thrilled if we could turn this up.
     
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  2. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

    Thomas May was the First Officer on the Alecto that sank after a collision in fog on 2nd May 1937, 16 miles off the Belgian coast
    https://www.wrecksite.eu/wreck.aspx?30999

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    The Western Daily Press & Bristol Mirror 3rd May 1937
     

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  3. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    I don't think I knew about that!! Thank you SO MUCH, Guy!!

    Only four saved...
     
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  4. Guy Hudson

    Guy Hudson Looker-upper

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    Aberdeen Press and Journal 3rd May 1937
     

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  5. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    Thanks Guy - I think the first article had the same quote.

    If the bit about a cup of cocoa is true it may have been left out as rather trivial.
     
  6. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Triumphs and Tragedies

    Havent read anything about a cup of coca in the section of this book on the sinking

    TD
     
  7. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    It says there that he broke both his legs!

    Thank you very much, TD.
     
  8. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    P.S. how on earth did you know to look there? Was it just via google? (I guess, without the correct ship name, I wouldn't have found it)
     
  9. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Sorry - as with magicians - I'm not allowed to divulge details otherwise I will be thrown out of the club :whistle::):rolleyes::unsure:

    TD
     
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  10. Chris C

    Chris C Canadian researcher

    My mother was a bit confused by how I came by the information (thinking I had dug it up myself) but she did say:

    "How many times have I heard this story of my Dad and never dreamed I would read an eye-witness account. Thank you!"

    (My mum, Jennifer, was born in 1940, 3 years later)
     

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