This roll lists the names of seafarers who died while serving on New Zealand merchant ships and New Zealanders known to have been lost while sailing under the flags of other countries (mainly Britain).
3 September is Merchant Navy Day, which was first officially commemorated in New Zealand in 2010. The date marks the sinking of the first Allied merchant ship in 1939, just hours after the Second World War began. This is the story of the 'fourth service' at war.
This web feature was written by Neill Atkinson and produced by the NZHistory.net.nz team.
Allied merchant seamen of World War II: this Canadian-based site contains personal accounts and information on Canadian Pacific ships at war, including the half-New Zealand-owned Niagara and Aorangi.