Today , 3rd of September is Merchant Navy Day, ex MN have been commemerating fallen shipmates. War was declared on 3rd of September 1939 (as you all know) A couple of hours later the MV Athenia was torpedoed in the Western with the loss of 112 souls. men women and children, including 18 of the crew, the youngest,a bell boy was aged 15, most were from Glagow (Crew) among the passengers lost were a number of Americans. My poem for those lost at sea. FALLEN HEROES - A TRIBUTE TO ALL SEAMEN They lie beneath the turbulent seas in the cold and darkened deep Captured in the prime of life they lay as though in sleep Victims of the battle and the mighty storm Patiently they lie there, awaiting Gabriel's Horn They fought a war to end all wars so their people could be free And paid the ultimate sacrifice and were claimed by the cruel sea They answered the call so gallantly when our country went to war And now lie side by side with heroes who have gone before There are no markers where they lay but above them the rolling waves For these are the heroes who went down to the sea who lie in watery graves They sailed the perilous oceans to all parts of the world Some were sunk in convoy, proud battle flags unfurled Of all the people I have known there have been none finer Than those who crewed the humble fishing boat to the Ocean Liner Their exploits are written in history and surely 'tis well read Of these men who went to sea in ships neath ensigns of white and blue and red.