Convoy duty

In April 1917, 874,140 tons of shipping travelling to and from Britain was lost to U-boats. Martin, now a lieutenant on a destroyer, he spent 9 months in the Eastern Atlantic assigned to the convoy system escorting merchant ships. In June 1917 he wrote an upbeat note to his friend Charlie McTaggart, “Protecting ships carrying food to our families is the most satisfying work of my career”.