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    Hello All, I just joined this group and I am trying to locate any information on my Grandfather John Joseph Matthews, who served in the Merchant Navy from 1909-1912 until he retired in 1948 or so. He was born in Dublin Ireland in 1882/1884 and served in the Royal Navy from 1902 until 1908. Any information would be very helpful in my genealogy research.
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    Hi Kevin welcome to the site. Do you require RN & MN service records?



    John Matthews in the UK, Royal Navy Registers of Seamen's Services, 1848-1939.

    Name: John Matthews
    Gender: Male
    Birth Date: 20 Oct 1884
    Birth Place: Dublin, Ireland
    First Service Date: 30 Jul 1901
    First Ship Served On: Northampton
    Last Service Date: 19 Oct 1908
    Last Ship Served On: Leviathan
    Service Number: 216487

    John Joseph Matthews, UK, World War II Medals Issued to Merchant Seamen, 1939-1945

    Name: John Joseph Matthews
    Birth Date: 1885
    Service: 1939-1945
    Medal Issued/Claimed: 1946-2002
    Discharge Number: 962611
    URL: Medal listing of Matthews, John Joseph Discharge number: 962611 Date of... | The National Archives

    Hope this helps.
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    This is his Medals as Marian has given the Link!
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    You will need to get his CRS10 for his full Merchant Navy Service Records at the National Archives
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    Think this will be the correct Link to his Papers

    Reference: BT 382/1051
    Description: Maben J M to McAlindon W
    Date: 1941 Jan 01 - 1946 Dec 31
    Held by: The National Archives, Kew
    Former reference in its original department: 1035
    Legal status: Public Record(s)

    https://discovery.nationalarchives.g...ls/r/C10989276
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    I have noticed of late we are getting more and more people attempting to find out about relatives who served.
    I consider this to be a very good thing, it shows there is still interest out there about the British Merchant Navy as it once was, the very best.
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    I always find it a pity that people didn't talk to their fathers,grandfathers, uncles, etc about their lives when they were alive, I feel sure they would have appreciated it, especially as they became older., sharing fond as well as unpleasant memories. Having a list of ships or medals is not a substitute for the spoken word by the individual. Having a list of ships and medals probably does not convey anything at all about what the individuals life was really like. People should be appreciated whilst they are alive, trying to live in their shoes when they are dead is meaningless.

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    Records in most cases show the bare outlines of disasters be they in war or peace. Most people who have suffered obscene sights and horrendous deformations of body and person do not have a tendency to transfer such obsenities to others and cause them the same nightmares , also by not being a gobshite they are showing respect to those who would not want loved ones to see mutilated bodies. Anyone who goes around shouting how good he was to all and sundry is that first named subject/object described as a gobshite. The best thing you can do for your own sensibilities if you are religious go and light a candle for them on the anniversary of their death, if not have a drink and toast them and remember them as they lived. We all know people and family who have died and we all mourn in different ways , but to want to know the nitty gritty of how they died and to what degree they suffered is unhealthy for all concerned. JS
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    Also its a great pleasure to see our own marion giving so much time and resources to these continous calls for info on past MN seamen ....the speed at which she delivers is amazing ...well done bonny lass R683532

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    #8 You are very bold cappy. ..We all do our bit. Those with subs feel free to join in.

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    #9... Yes he is getting a bit thin on top Marian , Ohhhh sorry thought you said bald. JS
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