I WRITE OF BEHALF of my father, Douglas McGuire, 71 Sherry Heights, Cambuslang, Glasgow who is a subscriber to Sea Breezes. My father is in his 86th year and not in good health and he has asked me to make an enquiry to your readers, which is as follows.
My father was 14 years old and part of the crew on ss Avelona Star when she was torpedoed on 30 June 1940. They were picked up by the French ship Beignon which, of course, was sunk some 4 hours later. They were taken by the Beignon to Plymouth which then suffered its first blitz on 6 July (very lucky or very unlucky?). He went on to serve another fifty-odd years in the Merchant Navy.
What my father would like to know is if there are any survivors from either of these ships still alive. I realise the chances are very slim, but he feels that readers might be able to help him in some way.
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