Remembering the lost Merchant Navy heroes of World War One

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TODAY, we continue our tribute to the Merchant Navy seamen who paid the ultimate sacrifice in the First World War. The compilation comes courtesy of the Nautical Archeology Society North East in partnership with Hartlepool Council’s library and museums services teams, as well as local family history societies.

Gary Green, from the Heroism and Heartbreak scheme which remembers those lost at sea, has shared the list with the Mail.

February 15, 1915 – Edward HUSDELL, Mate, aged 34, husband of the late Margaret Husdell; son of the late Robert John Husdell and Elizabeth Ann Husdell (nee Robson), of Tankerville Street, West Hartlepool; steamship MEMBLAND.

February 1, 1916 – Alfred William Rogers CHARLTON, Able Seaman, aged 28, son of Mary and the late William Charlton; husband of Mary Charlton (nee Spalding), of Albany Street, West Hartlepool; steamship FRANZ FISCHER

February 1, 1916 – Henry PATTERSON, Able Seaman, aged 42, son of the late John Patterson; husband of Elizabeth Patterson (nee Elvidge), of Westmoreland Street, West Hartlepool. Born Montrose; steamship FRANZ FISCHER.

February 28, 1916 – Robert William GREIG, 3rd Engineer, aged 22, son of late David Pattison Greig and the late Jane Greig (nee Herron); steamship THORNABY.

February 20, 1917 – Frederick DREW, 2nd Engineer, son of Catherine Drew and the late John Clarke Drew; husband of Emily Drew (nee Craddock), of 3, Watt Street, Central Estate, Hartlepool. [May have resided at Lynn Street.

Anyone wanting more information on the Heroism and Heartbreak project, and those who can provide more information on those featured in our list, should email infodesk@hartlepool.gov.uk, telephone (01429) 242909, or visit Hartlepool Central Library in York Road.