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No grave but the sea

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As a part of Aldgate East My Neighbourhood, we are presenting a talk by Ansar Ahmed Ullah, in conjuction with the rest of UK commemorating the Centenary of the First World War, 2014 – 2018.

Tower Hill Memorial commemorates the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleet members who died at sea and have no known grave. A large inscription at the front of the World War II section reads: "The Twenty Four Thousand of the Merchant Navy and Fishing Fleets whose names are honoured on the walls of this garden gave their lives for their country and have no grave but the sea."

The Tower Hill Memorial is divided in two sections. The front section is dedicated to those who died (12,000 Mercantile Marine casualties) during World War 1 between 1914 to 1918.

The larger section which approximates a circle is dedicated to those who died during World War II between 1939 to 1945.

What is unknown to many, even Bengalis, that several of the names on the monument indicate seamen of Bengali origin with names such as Miah, Latif, Ali, Choudhury, Ullah or Uddin. However, these named individuals only represent the privileged few Bengalis employed as British crew members and exclude some 4,000-5000 ‘lascars’ who died at sea and whose names were never known.

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