Family stories say that Robert Henry Hayes Sherwood and Herbert Henry Sherwood, cousins, ran away to sea together and sailed in the SS Ida. (registered at Fowey, in Cornwall). They were to work for the same shipping companies in the port of Goole. Certificates for Robert are dated 3rd September, 3rd November 1902 and 19th September 1904. There is a copy of the record for Robert Henry Hayes, Herbert Henry and Wallace being awarded their certificates (as supplied by the New Foundland records office where many Merchant Navy records are kept). Their trips to Europe would often be to Hamburg, Germany. It was to here both sailed with war looking likely in 1914. They tied up in the port and agreed should anything happen they would make a dash for freedom without waiting for each other. Herbert Henry being nearer to the dock entrance escaped. Unfortunately Robert and his crew did not. Both the crew and the SS Equity spent the next five years in captivity. Roberts two sons John and Robert Evan were also interred for a while. They would become amongst the first POW and the youngest.
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