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MERCHANT NAVY DAY – LIVERPOOL: Sunday September 1st 2019.

IOBA at MN Day Sept 4th 2016 (1)Merchant Navy Memorial Day in Liverpool: 1st September 2019.

The Merchant Navy Day Committee is pleased to invite you to this year’s ceremony in the Liverpool Parish Church of Our Lady and Saint Nicholas, Chapel Street, Liverpool.

Once again the IOBA Standard will be paraded.

Afterwards we walk down to the M.N. Memorial on the Pier Head,  led by a Sea Cadet Band, for a short Service and laying of wreaths.

The IOBA wreath will be laid along with many others, Merchant Navy veterans, High Commissioners and Naval Attaches from many countries linked with the Port of Liverpool, including Canada, plus the Lord Mayor of Liverpool and Mayors of the Merseyside Boroughs.

The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Peter Brennan would like to invite you to attend the Merchant Navy Day Service at ‘Our Lady and St.Nicholas Liverpool Parish Church’ on Sunday 1st September 2019.  At this service we celebrate the role of the Merchant Navy in the City of Liverpool in the past and in the present: there is more information below.

You are kindly requested to arrive at 11.30am for the service at 12 noon.  After the service the congregation will proceed to the Merchant Navy Memorial at the Pier Head. Please note this is an outdoor event. Carriages after the Act of Remembrance at approximately 1pm.

The dress code is Lounge Suit/Day Dress/Uniform/Medals

Since the year 2000 the 3rd September, or a date close to it, has been designated ‘Merchant Navy Day’.  The purpose is to celebrate and raise awareness of our dependence on our past, present and future Merchant Navy seafarers.   

The river has always been at the centre of the economy of the Liverpool region, and the Merchant Navy is part of the past and the future of the area.  Every year hundreds of people gather at Liverpool Parish Church – the Sailors’ Church – to celebrate Merchant Navy Day, followed by an Act of Remembrance at the Merchant Navy Memorial at the Pier Head.  The congregation is led by the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside and the Lord Mayor of Liverpool, but it is important that the congregation reflects not just civic dignitaries and current/retired seafarers, but also representatives from shipping companies and others who represent the work of the Merchant Navy today.

This year the Service will take place on Sunday 1 September at 12 noon.  We are particularly encouraging those connected with shipping and the Merchant Navy in the 21st Century to get involved so that we can reflect today’s maritime community in the service.

Please come and support our seafarers by participating in the Service in September.

Video: http://www.liverpoolshipsandsailors.com/2015/09/06/merchant-navy-day-2015/


THE ROBERT GRIFFIN AWARD 2020

The IOBA can help our less fortunate members, so that they are able to attend future Reunions!!

In memory of, the above assistance is known as ‘The Robert Griffin Award’.

As some people will remember, Robert Griffin was an inspirational Petty Officer & Drum Major, let’s pause and think about a great guy and gave his life for the defense of his country, the best spirit of the Indefatigable, RIP school friend and Brave Royal Marine.

Robert sadly lost his life during the closing days of the Falklands War in 1982 (age 22).

THE AWARD FOR 2020 is open for applications

Guide on the parameters and criteria to be applied for 2020;

Applicant to be decided by the serving IOBA committee.

Maximum Award to be £300. Nominees will be asked to submit an approximate overall costing to justify.

To include; UK Travel expenses / Accommodation / Reunion Dinner & Bar.

The Committee have set the following guidelines;
1) £300 max.
2) Must be a fully paid up member of the IOBA.
3) Not previously been to an AGM under the terms of this proposal.
4) Committee to decide on the IOBA Member to attend (along with a second choice in case the offer is declined).
5) Less Fortunate Members Representative to coordinate.

The IOBA can help members, but I must stress at this point, your ‘application will be decided by the serving IOBA committee’.

If you would like to take up the offer, please write/email to:

THE ROBERT GRIFFIN AWARD Representative:  Steve Humphries 75/76

Trinity House, 18 Orchard Drive, Wooburn Green, Bucks. HP10 0QN

M: 07703454495

E: steve_c_humphries@btinternet.com

If you would like to make a donation, large or small, to the IOBA, you can do so via PayPal below… , thank you.

Link:  Donate to the IOBA

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IOBA AGM 2018 Minutes

Please find attached the IOBA General Meeting 2018 Minutes, for reference at the 2019 AGM 8th June.

MN Medal awarded to Capt.Joe Earl M.N.M (Indefatigable 1956/57)

Capt.J.S.Earl M.N.M

Long over due, The IOBA is recognising the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service awarded to Captain Joe Earl M.N.M (Indefatigable 1956/57).

Awarded in 2009 – Capt. Joe receives the ‘Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service’ from the former First Sea Lord Admiral Sir Alan West, GCB, DSC, PC.

The Merchant Navy Medal <2016

The original Medal was rhodium-plated cupro-nickel and rounded in shape. On its obverse side was a profile portrait of Admiral Lord Nelson inscribed with THE MERCHANT NAVY MEDAL around the top and 1805 TRAFALGAR 2005 around the bottom. The reverse face features the Merchant Navy logo and the inscription reads FOR MERITORIOUS SERVICE.

The ribbon, bordered in gold, was vertical striped red, white and green to represent the traditional colours of the Merchant Navy (which depict the port, masthead and starboard navigation lights of a ship). The name of the recipient was inscribed along the outer edge. Miniatures were also available to recipients. Those medals awarded for courage afloat had, in addition, a small silver anchor attached to the ribbon. This medal was superseded by a State Award: the Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service in 2016.

The Merchant Navy Medal Recipients 2009

To celebrate meritorious service and acts of courage afloat by British merchant seafarers and members of the UK fishing fleets.  Announced Trafalgar Day October 21st, 2009 – Investiture 30th November 2009: Capt. J.S. Earl for services to merchant shipping and to the Bristol Branch of the Merchant Navy Association.

A proud man, wearing his ‘Indefatigable Ships Crest’ on behalf of us!


Wikipedia link to: Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service

The Merchant Navy Medal for Meritorious Service is a state award in the within the British honours system. The medal is awarded to no more than 20 recipients annually with the awards being announced on Merchant Navy Day, 3 September. The medal was originally awarded by the Merchant Navy Welfare Board 2005-2015 before being superseded by the state award.


Please take time out to click and read Capt. Joe’s Web Pages of MEMOIRS & VERSE;

THE TRAINING SHIP `INDEFATIGABLE`

MEMOIRS

http://joesverse.simplesite.com/160596378

VERSE

http://joesverse.simplesite.com/160596375

Indefatigable Old Boys Association (IOBA)

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