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There’s a group of half-Chinese children in Liverpool who never knew what happened to their fathers.One day the men simply vanished, rounded up in the street and put on waiting ships, surplus seamen sent “home” to Singapore.Canada commemorates 1,437 Canadian merchant men lost at sea.Occupied Norway, Denmark and Belgium account for approximately 6,513, not including those who died in captivity.

Memorials maintained by the CWGC in Bombay and Chittagong commemorate in Hindi and Bengali respectively some 6,000 Indian, Adenese and East African merchant seamen with no known grave.

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w=300&h=225 300w, https://monkbarns.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/cwgc-cemetary-hong-kong.jpg? w=600&h=450 600w, https://monkbarns.files.wordpress.com/2015/06/cwgc-cemetary-hong-kong.jpg? w=150&h=113 150w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" / It had taken me a long time to realise the 15 names on the brass panel I had been taken to see on Tower Hill in London as a child could not be the whole crew of my unknown grandfather’s last ship, the Shell oil tanker Chama.

In 2006, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission set up a new memorial in the Stanley Military Cemetery, Hong Kong, inscribed with the names of 941 Chinese casualties of the First World War and 1,493 from the Second World War whose graves are not known.

Yet Shell alone lost 1,008 Chinese merchant sailors between 19, according to WE Stanton Hope’s , published in 1948.

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