‘The ships are war graves’: Relatives hit out at metal merchants who ‘dumped sailors remains’ in Indonesia

The grand-daughter of a British seaman killed in the sinking of HMS Repulse in December 1941 has expressed her horror at reports that the remains of dozens of Royal Navy sailors may have been dumped in an unmarked mass grave in Indonesia.

Shirley McGowan, who now lives in New South Wales in Australia, said scrap metal merchants who are plundering maritime war graves throughout South-East Asia are “showing complete contempt for everything these men did”.

“They have no respect for anyone”, she told The Telegraph. “For them, it is only about the dollars.

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“These ships are war graves and they should be treated as such”, she added.

Mrs McGowan’s grandfather, Warrant Mechanician Arthur James Brewer,…

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