Memorials dedicated to The Merchant Navy
These Memorials are Dedicated to all those from various countries
throughout the world that served in the Merchant Navy and
who lost their lives during wars, conflicts and campaigns …
"We Will Remember Them"
|The Merchant Navy Memorial, London|
At 1115 on 3rd September 1939, the Second World War began for Britain. 8hrs 25mins later, so did its first battle. At 1940, the liner SS Athenia was torpedoed by a German submarine. The War’s first British, American and Canadian lives were lost: passengers and crew, civilians all. Bound for Montreal from Glasgow with 1,418 on board, most of the 1,103 passengers were women and children. Ships rescued survivors but 112 died. Named here are 18 of its crew near two from the SS Avondale Park, a cargo vessel torpedoed at 2240 on 7th May 1945, 1hr 20mins before VE-Day, the War’s end in Europe. Between these first and last British ships sunk, were 5 years, 8 months and 4 days of the War’s longest continuous campaign, the Battle of the Atlantic, which kept Britain fed, fuelled and fighting. 23,913 merchant seafarers are commemorated, men and women from 14 to 74 whose grave is the sea. The Merchant Navy lost some 40,000 personnel in all, more proportionately, 27%, than any of the Armed Services.
Countries with Memorials dedicated to the Merchant Navy
click on Country
|Isle of Man||Netherlands||New Zealand||Norway||Poland
|N. Ireland|| Wales
A BIG thank you to all those who have contributed photographs.
We are still looking for good photographs of MN Memorials to post on this website.
(In order to present the best possible aspect, the photographs should be without people)
Opderation Pedestal - August 1942
CLICK HERE to view MNA Booklet on this Operation
Merchant Navy Memorial Bristol
My images from its unveiling by HRH Princess Anne in 2001 until the present day.
The video starts with images of Welsh Back 1931 and c1900 the site of the present memorial.
The music is Eternal Father the seafarers hymn.
A remarkable achievement by the Bristol Merchant Navy Association in raising this memorial with
This great maritime city now has a memorial to all those seafarers who made her
Towards the end of the video can be seen the stained glass tribute I had the pleasure
The complete memorial was designed by David Backhouse and the stone came from
Norman of Bristol