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Anthony Cash

Portrait of Anthony Cash

Merchant Navy

Anthony was part of the crew of several Merchant Navy ships that kept Britain supplied with food and manufactured goods from all parts of the world. Unlike the Royal Navy, Merchant ships were unarmed and thousands of sailor's became victims of German U-boat and aircraft that targeted these vital supply lines.

Anthony served on several ships, three of which were torpedoed and sunk by U-boat (submarines) crossing the Atlantic. The disadvantage of being a Merchant seaman was that if the ship sank their pay stopped immediately. Also, as the convoys were not allowed stop to rescue their men, they were at the mercy of Royal Navy escourt ships for saving them from drowning (many, unfortunately, did).

Having survived the war, Anthony fought hard to secure funding for a Merchant Navy monument in his local town, to honour all his fellow Merchant men who lost their lives.