Ali Saleh, from Aden resided in South Shields at the point of the First World War breaking out. He heard the call and served as fireman and trimmer within the Merchant Navy. He would pick up his ship from Cardiff, Plymouth or South Shields and take precious cargo and supplies to the Mediterranean, Alexandria and Genoa. Supporting the Western and Eastern Fronts, always moving within dangerous waters.
Again we have an image of what Saleh looked like. A photograph is such a precious resource that adds another layer of recognition and connection to our research .
Here you will find an image of Ali Saleh active service throughout the war.