I first saw this film about a month ago on another site.
Those interested in the war at sea may be interested to watch this 13-minute production by the Realistic Film Unit. Made during WW2, in 1942, It tells the story of a 26-year-old merchant seaman as he relates his story to camera after being sunk 4 times - his name is never mentioned throughout the piece.
The way he tells his story in such a calm, dignified and matter-of-fact way had an effect on me and reminded me of my own father and what he must have went through during WW2.
I wanted to find out his name and if he had family that were maybe unaware of the film so I decided to do some research. I quickly found out his name and was able to prove he was the subject of the film. I obtained his records and can now name him and the four ships that he was aboard when he was sunk.
I have contacted his family in Newfoundland and shown them the film and also contacted the Imperial War Museum who hold the rights to this production. The family are more than happy that he is named and the IWM will add his name to the credits of the piece.
Cyril Jardine from St John’s Newfoundland aged 26 in 1942. He was aboard the ship ENGLISH TANKER when it was bombed off Alicante on 6th June 1938 during the Spanish Civil War.
During WW2, on 11.2.1940, he was aboard IMPERIAL TRANSPORT when it was torpedoed and the ship broke in two. He was landed by HMS FORESTER at Scapa Flow 17.2.1940.
AVILA STAR – 6.7.1942 - torpedoed and sunk – survivors landed Lisbon 26.7.1942, after 3 weeks in an open boat, by the Portuguese sloop Pedro Nunes.
PENROSE – travelling as DBS (being repatriated back to the UK after previous torpedoing) and torpedoed again 3.9.1942). Rescued by Spanish trawler and again landed at Lisbon.
The Merchant Navy – the forgotten fourth service – I did not want this man to be forgotten after all he had been through.
I have since found out that he was first identified by Capt. David Brook of Somerset in 2009 and have been in touch with him.