Earnshaw, Reginald Hamilton [cenotaph] b. February 5, 1927 d. July 6, 1941 Youngest British service death in World War II. At 14, he lied about his age to join Britain's Merchant Navy during the war. He served as a cabin boy aboard the SS North Devon for a few months until it was attacked by German airplanes on July 6, 1941. He died in service at the age of 14 years and 152 days. He was officially declared the youngest known British service casualty of WWII by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on February 5, 2010, which would have been his 83rd birthday. (Bio by: Dustin Oliver) Tower Hill Memorial, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England Plot: Panel 74.
Smith, Archibald Bisset [memorial] b. December 19, 1878 d. March 10, 1917 World War I Victoria Cross Recipient. Born in Cults, Scotland, he served as a Master Lieutenant in the Mercantile Marine, Royal Navy Reserve. In the Atlantic Ocean, on March 10, 1917, Lieutenant Smith as Captain command of the SS Otaki, sighted the German raider SMS Moewe. The raider called on the Otaki to stop, but Captain Smith refused to do so. Thus a surface duel ensued at ranges of 1,900 to 2,000 yards, lasting for about 20 minutes. During this action the Otaki scored several hits on the...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Tower Hill Memorial, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England Plot: Lost at Sea; name is listed on the Tower Hill Memorial.
Tower Hill Memorial Monument. Located on the south side of the garden of Trinity Square London, England, stands the massive Tower Hill Memorial. Dedicated first on December 12, 1928, by Queen Mary, the monument commemorates the almost 17,000 Mercantile Marine casualties of World War I, who have no grave but the sea. The second section of the Tower Hill Memorial, which commemorates the 4,786 merchant ships were lost and the 32,000 Mercantile Marine casualties of World War II, was unveiled by Queen Elizabeth II on...[Read More] (Bio by: John "J-Cat" Griffith) Tower Hill Memorial, London Borough of Tower Hamlets, Greater London, England