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Lisbon Maru heroism remembered by grateful families

By XING YI in Gloucester, England | chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2024-02-26 01:35

Zheng Zeguang (center), China's ambassador to the UK, and participants at a commemorative event for the Lisbon Maru incident hold hands as people sing Auld Lang Syne in Gloucester, England on Saturday. [Photo by He Tingde / For chinadaily.com.cn]

Three descendants of fishermen who rescued United Kingdom prisoners of war during the Lisbon Maru incident 82 years ago visited the UK and met children and relatives of some of the survivors at a commemorative event in Gloucester, England on Saturday.

"My dad always told me that if it hadn't been for the Chinese fisherman, he too would have died," said Denise Wynne, daughter of Dennis Morley, the last of the survivors, who passed away in 2021. "He always spoke about the Chinese fishermen being true heroes … I've met three (of their descendants) and I'm just so happy to be able to do that and I know my father must be looking down on all this."

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