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    17th September.

    The Second World War saw the loss of many vessels and lives at sea but perhaps none
    so haunting as the ‘Children’s Ship’ City of Benares.

    Torpedoed in the North Atlantic, more than 600 miles from land, with 90 evacuee children
    on board, 2020 marked the 80th anniversary of her sinking with deplorable loss of life.

    https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/...childrens-ship

    City of Benares Memorial 2021 - Sunderland.

    https://www.sunderlandvlb.com/city-of-benares-memorial
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    On 17 September 1940 a German U-boat sank the City of Benares. Eighty-one child evacuees died.

    "It is one of those stories that never fades in the retelling and is a stark reminder to all of us of those dark days of the Second World War when terrible things happened to men, women and children."

    VS of the survivors from the "City of Benares"" leave their rescue ship at a British port. Lots of the survivors are children who wave at the camera. Some are wearing sailors hats from the ships which rescued them.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QTFz0e2w7UM
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    The Innocents - lost at sea

    2021 marks the 81st anniversary of the sinking of the Children's Ship, the City of Benares. Torpedoed in the North Atlantic, more than 600 miles from land, with 90 evacuee children on board, the tragedy still has echoes today.

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    Surely a good video though pity it is so dark. Very poignant for me as I would have been 9 yrs at the time so similar in age to the kids shown. I could have been one of them but the grace of someone whom I don't follow.
    The First Officer on the Benares was RWJ Hetherington whom I had the privilege of sailing under when he was later Captain of the City of Canterbury and where I was a QM.
    Back in 2019 member Alistair McDavid was doing research for a proposed book on the Benares, or a connection therewith . Does anyone know if his plan came to fruition and whether a copy may be available? Are you there please Alistair???
    Ken T
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ken Trehearne View Post
    ...The First Officer on the Benares was RWJ Hetherington whom I had the privilege of sailing under when he was later Captain of the City of Canterbury and where I was a QM.

    Back in 2019 member Alistair McDavid was doing research for a proposed book on the Benares, or a connection therewith . Does anyone know if his plan came to fruition and whether a copy may be available? Are you there please Alistair???
    Ken T
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    Had a quick 'shufti ' for you Ken. Alastair's last post was in'Request for Help forum-Crete 1941-SS City of Benares thread'
    Try e-mailing him via his contact link from this site to see if his e- mail is still in use.HERE

    Regards
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    In your message don't forget to include your personal e-mail address,otherwise his reply will come back to me !
    Last edited by Graham Shaw; 18th September 2021 at 09:33 AM.

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    Thank you for going to the trouble Graham. I'll give his email a whirl.
    Ken T

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