Coast Guard to Honor Fallen British Sailors

PORTSMOUTH, Va. – U.S. Coast Guard Sector North Carolina and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will conduct the annual British Cemetery Memorial Services at Buxton, N.C., on Thursday and at Ocracoke, N.C., on Friday. The public is welcome to attend.

The graveside ceremonies will include a 21-gun salute to commemorate the loss of British and Canadian sailors from the H.M.S. Bedfordshire and the British merchant vessel Sandelfino. The crewmen’s bodies were recovered from the waters surrounding Ocracoke Island and Hatteras Island after the ships were torpedoed by German U-Boats in 1942.

The Bedfordshire and the Sandelfino were working with the Coast Guard and the U.S. Navy to protect American shipping lanes, where U-boats had been sinking oil tankers important to the war effort.

Representatives from the Coast Guard, the British Royal Navy, the Canadian Navy and the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum will be participating in the event.

The ceremony at the Buxton British Cemetery will begin at 11:00 a.m Thursday. The Ocracoke British Cemetery ceremony will start at 11:00 a.m. on Friday.

For more information, please contact Mr. Joseph Scwarzer, Executive Director of the Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum at (252) 986-2995 or Lt. Gene Maestas, Public Affairs Officer for the Fifth Coast Guard District at (757) 636-2425.

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