“They Shall Grow Not Old….” was my book published in 2010 detailing the loss of over 500 Merchant Navy boy ratings who died in service during WWII, age 16 and under. Initially the idea came about from an individual case I helped research on started in 2005 for a young Reginald Earnshaw, age just 14 who was killed in action in July 1941, where I was involved with others including site member Hugh MacLean in finding him buried in an unmarked grave in Edinburgh. After finding official documents at the National Archives at Kew and forwarded to the Commonwealth War graves Commission, “Reggie” as he was affectionately known as to his family, I had the pleasure of laying a wreath on his grave in an official ceremony in 2009, exactly sixty-eight years to the day he was killed and presented his sister with his medals I obtained. I was later invited to appear in the BBC documentary on “How We Won the War” (Scotland edition) centred around the Merchant Navy contribution during the war, using Reggie’s story as a back drop. Since the book was first published, I have found more detailed information on the losses of those covered in the original publication, as well as a number of new cases of these boys lost, which I have worked on since, with a number of new cases added to official war dead by the CWGC, whose names I unveiled on the new panels in 2019 at the Merchant Navy Memorial at Tower Hill, London. This in mind, and not a lot going on in the present climate, I decided to write and updated version of the original book. Their stories are not meant in any way to devalue the contribution of all those who paid the ultimate sacrifice during wartime, but merely as educational purpose for those unaware of the facts, these boys could legally join the Merchant Navy at just 14 years old and help the fight for their country and is my way of remembering a lost generation, who the likes of will never be seen again. The book is now completed including a new cover I designed. I am in the process of contacting a printing firm in Peterborough, after receiving a quote for costs.