This section is dedicated to all those that, since 1900, have given their lives either in war or shipwreck.

The Battle of the Atlantic


We’ve heard of the famous Mighty Hood that was sunk by a Bismarck shell

We know how many men were lost and the Skipper’s name as well

We’ve seen the Battleship Barham rolling on her side

before the huge explosion in which so many died


The Repulse and Prince of Wales on route to the Singapore post

Both lost to the Jap’ torpedo planes off the Malaya coast

There’s a film about the Kelly sunk in the Battle of Crete

And of the famous River Plate where we inflicted defeat


Yet who knows the names of the merchant ships sunk almost every day

Who knew that as these ships went down seamen were put off pay

Shipping Companies oft did this to cut down on the cost

They lost one of their freighters, but how many lives were lost


What of the men on the Arctic run ferrying Russian supplies

The ocean full of U-boats and bombers filling the skies

Sailing a gas filled tanker some only in their teens

Wondering if they’ll freeze to death or be blown to smithereens


Wallowing along in a rusting tramp to save the Russian nation

Struggling to make eight knots whilst trying to keep station

Should a seaman stay topside or should he seek his bunk

Knowing if you fall astern your certain to be sunk


Many a merchant ship now lies under the Barents Sea

Lost in a desperate struggle to set the Russians free

The ocean bed is littered with merchant seaman’s bones

Now to lay forever at peace with Davie Jones


As a nation we are rightly proud of our Navy in World War Two

Likewise of the R.A.F and what we owe to the few

To the men who fought at Arnhem and Monty’s Desert Rats

To those who fought the Japanese to all we raise our hats


From the Home Guard to the S.O.E in it from the start

All of our Armed Services were keen to play their part

Each had lost so many when they counted the final muster

But the greatest loss was those who sailed under the Old Red Duster


By Roy May

Memorials

Persons of Related Services

This section includes people who, although not employed by any of the Group’s companies, made a significant contribution to life aboard or ashore.

It will include members of the Royal Navy and Royal Navy Reserve, Marconi, Religious Denominations, Other Military Arms including Medical and DEMS Seamen

British & Commonwealth Shipping Company Memorials
Previous Page Next Page Go to Home Page South American Saint Line Springbok Line Castle line Union Steamship Co Union-Castle Line inc Union Line and Castle Line Scottish Tankers Scottish Shire Line Safmarine Mail Ships Houston Line Hector Whaling Co Clan Line Steamers Cayzer Irvine/CI Shipping Bullard King B & C Home Page Bowater Steamship Co Select Crew Lists King Line Steamship Co