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Swansea’s Mariners: old and young from all corners of the world

About 150 mariners born or residing in Swansea were killed in the First World War. Age restrictions for serving in the armed forces did not apply to the Merchant Service and, unlike the armed forces, their pay was stopped on the day their ship was sunk. Merchant mariners were routinely under 18 or over 38 years old. In addition, a third of the men were born outside the UK. The crew of the TANGISTAN were 13 British, 20 Indian, 1 Finnish and 2 Norwegian. This tribute was suggested by Phil Treseder. In association with Swansea Museum.

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Paul Auguste’s gravestone at Mochdrum, Scotland

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Paul Auguste, British Merchant Seaman card

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The sinking of the TANGISTAN

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James Richard Simmonds, British Merchant Seaman...

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