I hope this allowed but I am looking for information on my Great Grandad Fred Newby’s time in the Merchant Navy and I’ve been referred to this wonderful site to see if anyone could help.
Fred was a veteran of the Great War and was wounded with GSW to his head and neck near Ypres in 1918. He survived the war and was initially awarded a pension until 1926 when it was withdrawn and it appears he joined his first ship on the 1st April 1926.
He had a short break between 1939-42 as he enlisted in the 8th Battalion DLI at the outbreak of the Second World War which was a Home Guard/LDV unit. He then returned to sea and completed a number of voyages in those war years. He was discharged on the 24th July 1945 as being unfit due to his wounds from the Great War catching up with him in what must have been a very demanding trade on ship.
I would love to try and find out more about any of his voyages if possible such as destinations and I don’t believe he ever claimed any medals from the Second World War to which I think he would have qualified for.
Any pointers or help will be much appreciated.