VE Day not forgotten by one Spennymoor family
Part of an online exhibition from Durham County Record Office commemorating the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe on 8 May 1945
On 17 May 1945, the 'Auckland Chronicle' reported the news that merchant seaman George Anderson had been killed, when his ship was torpedoed.
;Born in Tudhoe Colliery, George first went to sea aged twenty-one and was serving as Chief Engineer on the Canadian-built coastal steamer 'Avondale Park', when it was torpedoed in the Firth of Forth just before midnight on 7 May 1945 and two of the crew were killed. She was the last British merchant ship sunk by a German U-boat during the Second World War.
George Anderson left a widow, Ivy, and two children Pamela, aged three years and Celia, just six months old.
Pamela Harper and Celia Turnbull at the unveiling of a memorial plaque to the 'Avondale Park' at Anstruther on the north shore of the Firth of Forth.
The Northern Echo, 12 May 2015.;
Auckland Chronicle, 17 May 1945, page 6 (D/WP 4/84)
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