I have been doing some research on my great Uncle James Burn Stephenson. He was born in South Shields in 1899 to my great-grandparents James and Mary Stephenson.
He served in the merchant navy as a second engineer during the Second World War. His ship the SS Foam Queen was sailing on the south coast just off Hastings, when she was torpedoed by a German U Boat.
On November 3, 1943, my uncle was killed and his body lost at sea, he was 43 years old. The ship was beached on the south coast near Hastings. His name in on the Tower Hill memorial in London.
His death had a big impact on the family, he left wife Nellie and four children. He was a lovely man and well loved by all.
Big thanks must go to his nephew Bob Foggon for his help with this article.