The theme for the week's Photo Hunt is Anniversary, it being the ninth anniversary of the appalling acts of terrorism that took place on 9/11 2001.
To be honest I had it in my min that the theme was memorial and not anniversary. I don't have a decent anniversary photo of any kind so I'll just have to go with a memorial instead.
My eye was drawn sometime ago to the war memorial at Liverpool Street Station to commemorate the many lives of young railwaymen who died during WWI. At the bottom is a plaque to a Captain Fryatt. For a long while I meant to find out who he was.
It was only a couple of months ago that I finally remembered to look him up. Charles Fryatt was a merchant navy captain during WWI, commanding railway packets between England and Holland. In March 1915, while in command of the SS Brussels he ran down the Submarine U33 which had surfaced with the intention of sinking the Brussels. The U Boat crash dived and escaped.
The following year the SS Brussels was captured by German destroyers. Fryatt was arrested and tried for attacking the U-33 the previous year. He was found guilty of being a "franc tireur" (effectively an unlawful combatant) and sentenced to death. He was executed by firing squad.
His murder caused international outrage at the time.