Merchant Navy: Register of Deceased Seamen

Extract from the Register of Deceased Seamen, May 1915.

The Register of Deceased Seamen encompassed a truly international cast list. This extract alone records the deaths of men from Denmark, England, Holland, Hong Kong, India and Scotland. Drowning was the cause of the majority of the deaths listed here, though there are also cases of fatal illness and one man who died of bullet wounds. A number of the casualties were working on ships that were 'sunk by [the] enemy'. This probably refers to merchant vessels that were attacked by German submarines - a controversial policy that was only employed intermittently by the German navy at this stage in the conflict.
Catalogue reference: BT 334/65 (May 1915)

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