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Merchant Navy is saluted

PUBLISHED: 18:10 02 September 2009 | UPDATED: 11:01 23 August 2010

A FORMER Merchant Navy catering officer is to hold a service to remember the organisation s role in WWII Peter Torres, 71, of Mackenzie Way, Gravesend, is to mark national Merchant Navy Day along with other former members with a service at Bally Bay, by

A FORMER Merchant Navy catering officer is to hold a service to remember the organisation's role in WWII

Peter Torres, 71, of Mackenzie Way, Gravesend, is to mark national Merchant Navy Day along with other former members with a service at Bally Bay, by the Clarendon Hotel, Royal Pier Road, Gravesend at 11am today, September 3.

The British Merchant Navy is made up of a fleet of more than 400 merchant ships that transport cargo and people during time of peace and war.

Merchant Navy Day has been held on the same date each year since 2000 and marks the day in 1939 when the SS Athenia, a merchant cruiser, become the first ship sunk by a German U boat in WWII.

Mr Torres served in the British Merchant Navy during the 1950s and was on board one of the sips that supplied ammunition to soldiers fighting against the Ethniki Organosis Kyprion Agoniston (EOKA) in Cyprus.

He says he is holding the service because the Merchant Navy is often overlooked. He said: "Considering that we put ourselves in danger on many occasions I think the Merchant Navy should be recognised more for its contribution to the country.

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