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Author Topic: Three unidentified seamen, Birchington  (Read 269 times)
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« on: April 08, 2017, 17:32:43 PM »

Thanet Advertiser - Saturday 14 November 1925

UNKNOWN SEAMEN HONOURED AT BIRCHINGTON.
In remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Great War, ex-service men and members of public bodies attended the service at All Saints' Church, Birchington, on Sunday morning. A procession formed at the station was composed of members of the British Legion, R.A.O.B., Fire Brigade, Boy Scouts, and Girl Guides. The Legionnaires, supported by comrades from St. Nicholas, were in charge of Mr. F. V. Barrow, who, before entering the church. laid wreaths of laurel with red and blue ribbon, on the graves of three unknown seamen, whose bodies were found on the foreshore at Birchington during the war.

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« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2017, 20:44:48 PM »

A different view of the same grave taken in 2013.



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« Reply #2 on: April 09, 2017, 06:16:21 AM »

An old postcard showing a ceremony at the graves of the three unknowns. I'm unsure of the date - it could well be November 1927, as the kerb around the plot is visible, but of course it could be later than that.

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« Reply #3 on: April 13, 2017, 08:07:35 AM »

The kerb and dedication stone have obviously been repainted sometime after Malc's photo, but the lettering is now starting to fade. It's nice that some person or persons takes the time to look after this though - well done to them  Smiley

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« Reply #4 on: April 14, 2017, 15:51:37 PM »

There is a small article in a newspaper regarding the kerb added to the plot by the residents of Birchington, unfortunately the BNA scan is of a poor microfilm copy. Most of the missing words can be guessed at, however.

Thanet Advertiser - Saturday 19 November 1927

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