Wexford family sees family connection in Kerlogue image

By dAVID TUCKER

Published 23/03/2016 | 00:00

Eugene Roche his wife Angela, their daughter Terri Cantwell and granddaughter Amy reading last week's Wexford People story (left) on The Kerlogue. John 'Chum' Roche is pictured top left, on right.
Eugene Roche his wife Angela, their daughter Terri Cantwell and granddaughter Amy reading last week's Wexford People story (left) on The Kerlogue. John 'Chum' Roche is pictured top left, on right.
Eugene Roche his wife Angela, their daughter Terri Cantwell and granddaughter Amy reading last week's Wexford People story (left) on The Kerlogue.

A photograph of the Wexford ship Kerlogue, which rescued 168 German sailors from the Bay of Biscay during World War Two, has stirred memories for a Wexford family after it was published by this newspaper last week.

The crystal clear picture, taken in Jersey in 1949, and which was published in The Jersey Evening Post at the time, clearly shows three men on the stern of the ship while it was moored in the island's harbour.

Terri Cantwell, from Whiterock Heights, in Wexford town, said her aunt was reading last week's Wexford People and immediately recognised Terri's grandfather John 'Chum' Roche (the middle of the three men pictured).

'She opened up the paper said "there's your grandfather",' said Terri.

Her father John Eugene Roche, who lives in St Aidan's Crescent, was delighted to see the picture of his dad, one that has not been widely seen outside the Channel Islands.

'He thought he may be able to recognise one of the other two men, but he wasn't able to.. but it's lovely to see and we don't have many pictures of that side of the family from years ago,' said Terri.

Her grandfather, the Kerlogue's bosun, is one of the crew members commemorated on a plaque unveiled on on Wexford Quay last year for their heroism in rescuing the German seamen whose warships had been sunk during an engagement with the British Royal Navy.

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