Tribute to fallen Merchant Navy seamen

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The memory of Merchant Navy seamen lost in battle continues to live on thanks to a former sailor from Drumlemble.

Each year on Merchant Navy Day, John Manning, aged 87, places a personal wreath at Campbeltown War Memorial in memory of his friends and fellow merchant seamen.

He will be doing so again this year, on Wednesday September 3, and will also take part in a two minutes’ silence at eight bells, known to laymen as midday.

Anyone interested is welcome to join John for this brief remembrance.

The merchant marine service was given the title of Merchant Navy by King George V at the end of World War One in recognition of the role it played in the logistical supply of food, munitions and manpower in the ‘war to end all wars’.

It was not until 1999 that the government created an official memorial day in honour of the Merchant Navy.