Shipping Minister John Hayes today (2 September 2016) announced the first recipients of a Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service.
This new state award, with a place in the order of wear, is being awarded to those who are serving or have served in the Merchant Navy and fishing fleets of the UK, Isle of Man or Channel Islands for exemplary service and devotion to duty, rewarding those who have set an outstanding example to others.
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Please click on the New York Times logo to read a series of articles which should effect and be relevant to all who go to sea or are responsible for the wellbeing and safety of mariners.
Following is a link to the R.A.N. Navy Daily website commemorating the placing of the book of remembrance of over 500 boy seamen killed in the Second World War.
Extract from speech given by Mr Owen Dingle at the memorial service
"For 70 years, before the entrance of boys to the Royal Navy ended, over 150,000 had been trained at HMS Ganges. The intake of boys in their 15th and 16th year, gave the Royal Navy a vital source of highly trained personnel, however to my knowledge no such press reports or written memorials have ever appeared mentioning or honouring the deeds or names of the boy seamen killed in action in World War II, no headstones mark their graves their tombs lie deep at the bottom of the oceans".
Dear SirsThe Legasee war veterans project is looking for volunteers who want to tell their stories.
As part of an exciting social history project, the film company Legasee is looking for war veterans who would like to have their stories filmed for posterity.
This footage will be used to launch a unique online archive of interviews for use by schools, colleges and members of the public.
To kick-start the project, we're looking for war veterans of any age who wish to recall their experiences in front of the camera for the benefit of future generations.
It doesn't matter what campaign or country they served in, or what role they played. The Legasee war veterans project is completely free of charge, with any travel expenses paid - all we need is their knowledge, enthusiasm and a small amount of their time to take part in the filming.
If you know anyone that's interested, please ask them to email me giving their name, age, daytime phone number and brief details of their wartime service so we can contact them to discuss this further.
We hope to hear from you, and please feel free to forward this email to any war veterans that you think might be interested.
Please visit our web site for more information about Legasee - http://www.Legasee.org.uk
Email:- email@example.com Legasee - 'become a part of history'