However, a mystery has now emerged following the Premier’s visit to the Merchant Navy Memorial just across the road from the Tower Of London.
Premier Bush and Mr. Glidden had been informed that the two sailors commemorated were Hazmah Ebanks on board the S.S. Holmside who died in 1941 and Desmond Neulison Ebanks perished in 1942 onboard the S.S. Culebra.
However, as the Premier was paying his respects at the monument he immediately noticed that there was a T.T. Ebanks who also died on the S.S. Culebra but there was no mention of this brave sailor in the records provided to the Premier. Now the Premier has asked Caymanians for their help in identifying this man and his family.
Speaking from the Memorial the Premier said, “We know that Ebanks is also a popular name in Jamaica and it may be that this young man was from there. It does however seem a coincidence that there were two Ebanks on the one ship. Hopefully our friends in Jamaica or indeed local people in Cayman may be able to solve the mystery.”
The available details of Hazma Ebanks and Desmond Neulison Ebanks are reproduced below.
EBANKS, HAZMAH Initials: H Nationality: Cayman Islands Rank: Able Seaman Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy Unit Text: S.S. Holmside (Newcastle-on-Tyne) Age: 33 Date of Death: 19/07/1941 Additional information: Son of Albert N. and Laura A. Ebanks; husband of Nadine W. Ebanks, of West Bay, Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 57. Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL
EBANKS, DESMOND NEULISON Initials: D N Nationality: Cayman Islands Rank: Able Seaman Regiment/Service: Merchant Navy Unit Text: S.S. Culebra (Liverpool) Age: 24 Date of Death: 17/01/1942 Additional information: Son of Benjamin Timothy and Maud Angelina Ebanks, of Grand Cayman, Cayman Islands. Casualty Type: Commonwealth War Dead Grave/Memorial Reference: Panel 33. Memorial: TOWER HILL MEMORIAL