Flying the flag in Merchant Navy tribute

Brian Berry with the Red Ensign at Seaford War Memorial
Brian Berry with the Red Ensign at Seaford War Memorial

Seaford Town Council has been flying the Red Ensign, flag of the Merchant Navy, at the War Memorial in Sutton Road in remembrance of those who served and are currently serving.

The history of the flag can be traced back to the early 17th century.

The tribute has been undertaken at the request of Seaford resident Bryan Berry, who served in the British Merchant Navy for 32 years between Newhaven and Dieppe.

He contacted the town council and asked that the Red Ensign be flown, saying, “If it had not been for the Merchant Navy there may not have been a Battle of Britain Day, because all the fuel the planes needed was imported. The casualties suffered by the Merchant Navy during the Second World War were horrendous: 34,902 were killed, 4,707 were wounded and 5,720 were taken prisoner.”

The council has thanked Mr Berry for bringing this important occasion to its attention, and the flying of the flag will now become an annual fixture in the programme at the War Memorial.

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