I knew this would happen but it doesn't make it any easier to accept. I have already tried looking for any surviving records with a request made to PsyWar.Org to check some files at Kew and that, as expected, drew a blank. The highlighted piece below is mine. Our merchant seamen got a raw deal when they served and sadly some of those who died in service have no grave, memorial or recognition from their own nation. -------------------------------------------------------------- Dear Mr MacLean Thank you for your emails regarding the three British men who died on the S.S Taberg. I apologise for the delay in my reply. We weren’t as clear as we could have been in our initial response to you. The advice you received was correct and to be eligible for commemoration, sailors of the Commonwealth Merchant Navy must have died while signed on for a voyage, either as a result of enemy action, while detained by the enemy, or due to the increased risks of being at sea during war time. What we did not make clear was that as the S.S Taberg was a Swedish ship, and therefore neutral, to be eligible the casualties must have been Commonwealth registered merchant sailors. We would need evidence to support this. We have undertaken some research and haven’t been able to find that evidence, however, if you are able to locate this we would then be happy to consider the case. In the event evidence can’t be located, there could be an option to commemorate them as civilians, which means their names would be added to the Civilian Roll of Honour. To commemorate the men as civilians we would require their death certificates. Without these we could consider commemorating them as civilians based on the crew list you provided but we would need the original correspondence from the Swedish Archives to verify the origins of the document. I understand this may not be the response you were hoping for. Please be assured that our intention is simply to be thorough and consistent in how we assess cases so that we can be as fair as possible. Apologies again for the delay and any initial confusion.