Raymond Victor Steed

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Reference WMO218012

Address:

River Walk

Newport

Wales

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Type: Freestanding
Location: External
Setting: Within a garden/park/churchyard/enclosure/Marketplace
Description: Rock
Materials:
  • Rock/Rough Stone Rock/Rough Stone
Conflicts:
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
About the memorial: A rock with an inset slate containing dedication, photo, and poem. In a nearby plot is a large ship's anchor.Refers to over 500 under 16 year old boys killed in the Merchant Navy in WW2.
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Raymond Victor Steed (1 October 1928 – 26 April 1943) was the second youngest British services recruit to die during the Second World War. He was just 14 years and 207 days old when the ship on which he was a galley boy, SS Empire Morn, was blown up after it hit a mine on 26 April 1943. Steed was laid to rest at Ben M'Sik European Cemetery in Casablanca, Morocco, on 29 April with full military honours RAYMOND VICTOR STEED A Galley Boy named Raymond Steed joined the Empire Morn, At the docks in Newport, close where he was born, In The Merchant Navy now - but only just fourteen, He'd gone to sail in convoys - fighting fit and keen. Nineteen forty three it was, aggression in full flow, Unmindful of the danger, he couldn't wait to go, Ray carried out his duties, earning meagre pay, Until alas in April, his world was blown away. Not far off Casablanca, the `Empire` struck a mine, Laid there by a U-Boat with purpose and design, The consequent explosion, set cargo blasting then, Killing brave young Raymond and twenty other men. His body's in Morocco, near the road to Marrakesh, In a nurtured cemetery surroundings trim and fresh, He was the youngest Seaman, to go and lose his life, While standing firm in jeopardy mid the wartime strife. Greater than five hundred boys, were sent to Neptune's floor, Sixteenth birthdays never met, lost for evermore, They helped sustain our lifelines in a hostile time at sea, Those young and unsung heroes that sailed for you and me

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