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Raymond Arthur Greetham

Conflict Commemorated:WW1

Address:St Mary

Parish:Swineshead

Type of Memorial:Board/Plaque/Tablet

Materials Used:Paper and Wood

Description:Small paddle shaped flat wooden board with a sheet of white paper attached to board. Lettering on paper printed in black and the paper is laminated. It is situated on the south wall of the nave.

Inscription:RAYMOND ARTHUR/ GREETHAM/ 10.08.1901 - 12.09.1916/ Aged 15 years 4 weeks and 5 days/ Raymond was born on 10 August 1901 at/ Swineshead House, the son of Joseph and Fanny/ Greetham./ After leaving school he joined the Mercantile/ Marine as an apprentice, his indenture is dated/ 14 September 1915; he joined the vessel, SS. AYR,/ and served throughout his short career on this ship/ which was a coaster plying its trade mainly around/ the posts of Britain./ On 6 September 1916 the SS.AYR left Barry, South/ Wales sailing under Admiralty Sealed Orders for/ Archangel, Russia; on the 12 September during a/ violent storm Raymond was stunned and washed/ overboard whilst going about his duties midway/ between the Faroe Islands and Iceland. Despite a/ long search his body was not recovered./ Both the CWGC and the Registry of Shipping and/ Seamen do not recognise his death as a war death as/ he did not die through enemy action./ For those in peril on the sea

Notes on Condition:UKNIWM Ref: 62068

Surveyor/ Supplier of Information:Michael Peck, CJ Anderson

Notes:Raymond is also remembered on a grave marker in the churchyard. Photo required. The grave marker has a two tier base and is in poor condition, with the top broken off.

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Last updated: 21 Mar 2017

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