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Author Topic: Auxiliary Patrol Memorial, Newhaven  (Read 238 times)
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Craggs
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« on: February 01, 2017, 15:44:43 PM »

This war memorial is quite fascinating.  

The Auxiliary Patrol Memorial stands in honour of the men of The Auxiliary Patrol who operated out of Newhaven and gave their lives in the service of our Country.  The Auxiliary Patrol were predominantly civilian fishing trawlers and drifters which were taken into military service by the Admiralty and performed such duties as minesweeping, patrol duties and escort duties.

I've attached a couple of photographs at the end of the post - but it may stir your interest to quickly look at the pictures.  The obelisk itself is very nice, but look at the concrete foundation stone upon which it stands.  The foundations were very deliberately sited, for it was placed directly over the graves of two members of the crew of Auxiliary Patrol trawler "Borneo" which was blown up by a German mine off Beachy Head on the 18th June 1917............ more on that subject later...... allow me to continue.........

The memorial stands inside Newhaven Cemetery, on the left of the main path, just behind the chapel archway.  It is described by the IWM as "a pink marble obelisk with inscriptions on four sides".  

The inscription on the  spire of the obelisk states, very simply - "AUXILIARY PATROL MEMORIAL".  The inscriptions on the four panels are -

                    THIS MEMORIAL
                   WAS ERECTED BY
                    THE OFFICERS,
            PETTY OFFICERS AND MEN
           OF H.M. AUXILIARY PATROL
         OPERATING FROM NEWHAVEN
              AS A LASTING TRIBUTE
         TO THEIR FALLEN COMRADES.




           SACRED TO THE MEMORY
                           OF
            THE OFFICERS AND MEN
           WHO WERE KILLED WHEN
                H.M.T. BORNEO
        WAS BLOWN UP OFF BEACHY
       HEAD DURING MINE SWEEPING
      OPERATIONS ON JUNE 18TH 1917
         SKIPPER  W. ALLEN   R.N.R.
          2nd Hd.   J. HARRIS.
          ENGnr     E. HUDSON.
                         F. YATES.
          TRIMMr   E. SCOTT
                        W. KILMINSTER.
          Dk Hd     W. NEWBY
                        E. WILEMAN
                        B. CADWELL
          SEA        R. THOMPSON  R.N.C.V.R.
                        D. BELL



               OFFICERS AND MEN
           OF THE AUXILIARY PATROL
           BURIED IN THIS CEMETERY
             WHO LOST THEIR LIVES
                      ON SERVICE
      Dk Hd J. BAIN. H.M.T. GRENADIER.
       DIED 22nd SEPTr 1917  AGED 31



                    MISSING.
SIGn  P.F. SHORT  S.S. MAINE  21.11.17
Ldg Dk Hd  E. JONES  H.M.T. BALFOUR 29.11.17
SEA  R.N.R.  F. McDONALD
Dk Hd R. GAYLER
SKIPER J. TUNGATE  H.M.DRIFTER  PISCATORIAL II  29.12.17
2nd Hd  J. COLLIN
ENGnr  A. CATTO
TRIMr  A. YOUNG
Dk Hd  E. McLEOD
           C. BOOR
           R. CROMBIE
           J. SHERETT


On the lowest two sides, left and right, are inscriptions to the two seamen whose graves are below the memorial. They read :

HERE RESTS
SEA. D. BELL
DIED 18th JUNE 1917  AGED 35

HERE RESTS
SEA R. THOMPSON
DIED 8th JUNE 1917  AGED 23

_________________________

I will follow this up with posts on Seamen Bell and Thompson.   Deck John Hand Bain, mentioned on the third face, above, is buried a few yards to the left of the memorial so I will also do a post for him soon, he has a CWGC headstone.   I will also sort out a post for HMT Borneo, if one hasn't been done already - I've done a quick search and couldn't find one.

There are a few more bits to be posted for this memorial.

A footnote to John.........  John, I wasn't totally sure where to post this topic so I've put it where I think it fits best, at the moment. Please move it if you wish.

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« Reply #1 on: February 02, 2017, 09:02:39 AM »

The additional topics, mentioned above, are posted.  They can be found on the following links :

H.M.T. Borneo

Deck Hand John Bain

Ordinary Seaman David Bell

Ordinary Seaman Robert Dick Thompson
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