Re: Sand art on Normandy beach.
Archie Jewell was a merchant seaman who had survived the Titanic, and possibly the sinking of Britannic along with fellow Titanic veterans John Priest and Violet Jessop, but lost his life onboard SS Donegal, which had formally been a passenger steamship but was requisitioned by the Admiralty and converted for use as a hospital ship used to ferry wounded soldiers back to England from France.
On 17th April 1917 Donegal was torpedoed by a German submarine without warning 19 miles south of the Dean Light Vessel in the English Channel. Archie lost his life aged 28 along with 10 other crew members and 29 of the wounded soldiers.
His portrait was etched into the sand in Perranporth, Cornwall, as part of the nationwide project which was created by Director Danny Boyle as part of his ‘Pages of the sea’, which had beaches all across the country etch portraits of the fallen into the sand to remember lives lost during WW1.
Archie Jewell is mentioned on the Tower Hill Memorial in the gardens of Trinity Square, London which commemorates those Merchant Navy men with no known grave. He is also mentioned on the war memorial at Shalder Hill in his home town of Bude, North Cornwall.
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Merchant Navy Welfare Board (MNWB)
"Our veterans did not forget about us .... Let's not forget about them." From Michael Levesque