The Liverpool maritime community will continue to benefit from the work of local campaigner Bill Anderson despite his untimely death in October 2020 after a diagnosis of Covid-19.
After a career at sea and on the staff of the National Union of Seamen, Mr Anderson was in retirement instrumental in launching an appeal for a Liverpool Battle of the Atlantic Memorial, dedicated to all combatants of all nationalities.
The fundraising for this stone memorial continues, with the aim that it will one day be installed on Liverpool pier head.
He also commissioned two rolls of honour for the fallen of the Battle of the Atlantic. One was dedicated to Merchant Navy personnel, which he saw installed at Liverpool Town Hall (Mr Anderson is right of picture at the unveiling). He also planned a larger board with a broader range of fallen combatants listed.
Created, like the earlier roll of honour, by craftsman Neville Greenhalgh, the large board contains tributes to the port and city of Liverpool, the British Merchant Navy, the Irish Mercantile Marine, the Coastal Command/Fleet Air Arm and the Royal Navy. Also mentioned are the Royal Canadian Navy, the United States Navy, associated merchant navies and dock and shore side support workers.
Bill Anderson provided most of the information and approved the original drawing. He lived to see it completed but will sadly not see it displayed in its future home, the Battle of the Atlantic Experience at Liverpool's Western Approaches HQ Museum, where it will stand in tribute to his campaigning as well as to the fallen.