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ERIC DARLEY, APPRENTICE, MERCANTILE MARINE

British War Medal, Mercantile Marine War Medal 1914-18 (Eric Darley), Memorial Plaque (Eric Darley) : (ERIC DARLEY - Born in 1900 at Hull, Yorkshire, obtained employment with The Hain Steamship Company Limited (Sir Edward Hain & Son, of St.Ives, Cornwall), as an Indentured Apprentice in the Mercantile Marine and served in the 4163 ton defensively-armed British cargo ship, SS.'Treverbyn' owned and operated by that company : On the night of 3 September 1917 the ship was on a voyage from Murmansk, North Russia, loaded with iron ore bound for Manchester, when it struck a mine and within minutes sank, some two miles ESE. of Ushenish Lighthouse on South Uist, Outer Hebrides : The explosion was witnessed by the lighthouse keeper who sent a messenger to summon help : A fishing boat went to the scene and picked up seven survivors, but twenty-seven crewmembers including the Captain were killed : The mine had been laid by the German Submarine U-75 : The recipient was among those killed in this incident, he was the second son of Harry and Mary Darley of 73 Greek Street, Hawthorn Avenue, Hull, and was just seventeen years of age at the date of his death : He has no known grave and is commemorated on Tower Hill Memorial, The Kingston Upon Hull War Memorial and The Trinity House School Roll of Honour.) : Sold with verification, copy Mercantile Marine Record Card, copy CWGC. information and related research : Plaque contained in original issue paper envelope and cardboard holder : Plaques to Mercantile Marine casualties are somewhat scarce : Some polishing to Plaque, generally GVF : Medals EF - £495