First World War Poetry Digital Archive

Gallantry of our Mercantile Marine

The following extract from a letter written by the Rev. Canon Purcell, Vicar Fowey, to Captain RH Ivey, the Society’s Relief Officer in London, emphasises the gallantry of our Mercantile Marine:- “I hope before the end of this year to have collections in Fowey Church on behalf of that most excellent and valued Society which you represent – The Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Royal Benevolent Society. No one who is worthy of the name of a Britisher but must be filled with the greatest admiration for what our mariners and fishermen have done for us all during the past three years. Their deeds,
their heroism, their glorious devotion and self-sacrifice are immortally written on the page of history. I hope and pray that our children’s children may never be allowed to forget their noble deeds.”

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