CAN anyone help a researcher who is building a website to remember sailors from the British Destroyer HMS Mahratta?

The vessel was sunk while on escort duties during the Second World War.

She was sunk on February 25, 1944, off the coast of Norway after she was struck by two T5 Gnat torpedoes fired by U990. Only 16 of the 236 crew on board survived.

Researcher Kieron Hoare, of Mid Glamorgan, Wales, is putting together the website in memory of his late wife's grandfather, who died on HMS Mahratta.

Kieron's wife Ceri died on December 12 2013, after suffering a long illness. The pair were married for more than 25 years.

One of the missing pieces in Kieron's jigsaw in researching the men of HMS Mahratta is a Weymouth man.

Kieron would love to hear from the family of leading seaman Harry William Alfred Downing, whose parents lived at Antwerp Nurseries 201a Dorchester Road in Weymouth. His parents were Alfred and Mary Downing.

Harry had one younger sister Doreen, and two younger brothers Kenneth and Patrick.

If you are the family of Harry William Alfred Downing or know of them, please email and state 'HMS Mahratta' in the subject line box.