Neutral Irish Registered Vessels

Our reference
51083
Memorial type
Lost
No
Town
County
District
Subject/Period

Current location

NATIONAL MEMORIAL ARBORETUM,Croxall Rd,Alrewas,Lichfield,Staffordshire,DE13 7AR,England
OS Grid Ref.: SK 188 147
Denomination: Unknown

Description

TREE WITH DEDICATORY RECTANGULAR BLUE COLOURED METAL PLAQUE SET INTO THE TOP OF A BRICK PLINTH. SECOND PLAQUE FIXED TO THE FRONT OF THE PLINTH IRISH FLAG DEPICTED AT THE TOP CENTRE OF THE PLAQUE

Inscription

DEDICATED TO ALL THOSE WHO WERE SERVING ON THE FOLLOWING NEUTRAL IRISH REGISTERED VESSELS/ LOST AS A RESULT OF GERMAN ACTION/ 1939 - 1945/ ESPECIALLY REMEMBERING THE 149 SEAMEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES/ (SHIP NAMES) Plaque 2: [exact wording unknown]/ (Names)

Inscription legible?

Yes

Subject / Period

Second World War (1939-1945)
Total names on memorial: 5
Served and returned: 0
Died: 5
Exact count: yes
Information shown: surname,additional
Order of information: Unknown

Component

Plaque
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Metal
Listed?: No

Component

Plinth
Condition: Good
Measurements: Unknown
Materials: Brick
Listed?: No

History

2007: plaque was refurbished by the National Arboretum and an additional plaque was fixed to the front of the plinth dedicated to five Irish born Merchant Seaman captured while serving on British ships and who lost their lives in the Arbeitserziehungslager Nazi Slave Labour camp, Bremen, Farge, 1943 - 45.

Costs

Site: Unknown or N/A
Memorial: Unknown or N/A
Comments: None

Trust fund / scholarship

No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

Sponsorship

Unknown or N/A
Details: Unknown or N/A

Responsibility of

Irish Seamen's Relatives Association is responsible for the memorial while the maintenance is by the National Arboretum.

Notes

Plaque commemorates 149 merchant seamen from Ireland, Latvia, UK, Norway and Argentina who lost their lives during WW2 on neutral Irish vessels.

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Archive for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this will be included in the record during 2015.

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