Wordless Wednesday: finding answers at the National Archives

My great grand uncle Stewart Cruden died in the sinking of the Shera in the Barents Sea in 1942. Today at Kew I found out a little more about his fate.

It’s too raw to write about now; but I was glad to spend time in this beautiful building.

6 thoughts on “Wordless Wednesday: finding answers at the National Archives

    • Thank you; always sad to read about needless loss of life. Will post about it in time; and have lots of other stuff to write about when I get home. 🙂

  1. You’ll have to forgive me but I forgot what country you live in… 😦 But whatever National Archives you delve in to to find out about ancestors, it is always better to know than to not know, yes? Good luck!

    • I live in New Zealand; but am visiting the UK where I am from originally from. I’ve been to the English National Archives in London, as that’s where military records for all the UK are kept.

  2. Death in war is so brutal, and seemingly needless. However history tells us that the world would be a very different place if not for these painful sacrifices. I hope the story finds a peaceful place to rest within you soon.

    • Hi Seonaid. You are right and I know my uncle was very proud to serve his country. I think I’m feeling so sad because the report I found suggests that his death (and those of his shipmates) was due to the ship being unsuitable for the job it was doing. This was known before it sailed from Scotland. Nineteen men died in freezing waters because it was considered an “acceptable risk” to send them to sea in a boat that wasn’t stable in icy conditions.

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