VE Day 75 – Mystery Sailor

VE Day 75 – Mystery Sailor

As today is the anniversary VE Day, many of you have probably seen this Belfast Telegraph photo of a sailor leading a musical procession in front of Belfast City Hall on the 8th May 1945.

Sailor leading a musical procession in front of Belfast City Hall on VE Day, 8th May 1945.(Photograph courtesy of Belfast Telegraph)

But did you know that in 1965, on the 20th anniversary of VE Day, the paper launched an appeal to find out the identity of the mystery sailor!

Appeal to find out the identity of the Sailor – Belfast Telegraph

Joe Carlin, a Leading Stoker, of Legnavea Street, Belfast was suggested. After the war he worked in McKinney & Sons and then Mackie’s but by 1965 he had moved to America.

Another reader wrote in to say that he had served with the man on a tanker called Doneaux and that although he couldn’t remember his last name, he was called George and was from Brighton. They had been separated after their ship was torpedoed in the Atlantic and he heard from another survivor two years later that George was also rescued.

Despite readers coming forward with names and theories, the identity of the sailor still remains a mystery!

This is where we want your help.

We want to renew the appeal and try to identify the mystery sailor in the photo below.

So please share and do not hesitate to get in touch if you have any potential leads or further information.

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