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As Remembrance Sunday approaches in November, I thought I would share – with permission – a memorial that one of my neighbours in Hadleigh, Suffolk made to a Merchant Navy seafarer lost in action.

The memorial is to the householder's late father Geoffrey Phillip Garrod, a radio officer who went down during the Second World War in his vessel the MV Frederick S. Fales.

The ship was torpedoed and sunk in HX 72, the first convoy to die after leaving Halifax, Nova Scotia. The date was 21/22 September 1940.

It is very pleasant to witness in this present day that someone is remembered.

Brian Lazenby

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