Death of relative

In 1994, in my capacity as Vice-Chair of my local Royal Naval Assoc. branch, I was invited to attend a commemoration service at St. Mary le Strand in memory of the death of several Wrens on the torpedoing and sinking of the SS Khedive Ismail in 1944. It was a very moving service not only for the dead Wrens but for all who died, some 1500 in all. In 2001 my last surviving Aunt (sister to my mother) asked me if I could find out how her brother, Stanley Birch, had died. He was an able seaman and had died at sea in 1944. Yes, he had died on the way to Sri Lanka (then Ceylon) on the troopship SS Khedive Ismail. All unknowing I had been to his memorial service 7 years earlier.
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Date submitted:Sat, 14 Jan 2012 08:42:35 +0000Coincidence ID:3514