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How the Merchant Navy Got Its Name

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23 August 2004

This story was submitted to the People's War site by Jane Otto of East Berkshire College on behalf of Bill Davis and has been added to the site with his permission. The author fully understands the site's terms and conditions.

The Tower Hill memorial for World War 1 was unveiled in 1928 to mark the service and sacrifice of the merchant Marine in WW1. In 1928 King George V created the title 'Master of the Merchant Navy and Fishing FLeets' and appointed the then Prince of Wales to that office.
This is how the title 'Merchant Navy' came into being.

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