MUTON, Erskine Henry. MBE

Served with the Merchant Marine; 1914-1918 and 1939-1945, and is on the medals list for both. 6/2/1917 he was serving on the SS Tyndareus, a troop ship when it struck a mine that had been laid by the German raider ‘Wolf’ off the coast of South Africa. The ship went down but all hands rescued. (Google; ’Tyndareus’ for details).

After WW1 he worked for the White Star shipping line and was held by the Japanese when they invaded China. He was a prisoner of the Japanese at the notorious “Bridge House” prison and torture centre in Shanghai (see ‘Target Tokyo’, James M Scott notes; Prisoner Experiences from Written Statements). 1924 awarded Masters & Mates Certificate. WW2 as a civilian Lighter Pilot for the Brunei State Marine he was awarded the MBE for his part in Limbang Raid there in Dec 1962, guiding in two vessels of British Commandos to quell the revolt. b 1900 Leeds, father; Henry George Muton, below. Buxton Advertiser 2/7/1910; Empire Day Celebrations in Hathersage, he, his sister Emily and mother mentioned. The article virtually lists all the ‘great and the good’ who were in Hathersage at the time. 1911C in Paignton Devon.