Manuel Zabner

Able Seaman, S.S. Grelhead
Died 2 Dec 1941
Commemorated at Tower Hill Memorial
Age 34

Manuel was born in 1906 in Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland to Polish parents Isaac, a tailor, and Leah nee Berkowski and he had a younger brother Percy.

Manuel was an able seaman on the British steamship S.S. Grelhead. The ship was en route to the UK from Melilla on the Spanish/Moroccan border carrying a cargo of iron ore. At 01.19 hours on 2 Dec 1941 the unescorted ship was torpedoed and sunk by U-562 two miles north of Punta Negri, Morocco. The master, 34 crew members and six gunners were killed and there were only 2 survivors.

Tower Hill Memorial