British Cemetery

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  • British Cemetery Rd.

    Ocracoke,   NC   27960

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Much activity took place off the shores of Ocracoke Island during World War II. In May 1942, the HMS Bedfordshire, one of the armed British trawlers on loan to the United States, sailed out of Morehead City along with her sister escort, the HMS Zeno, and joined a convoy of merchant ships to escort them to safe anchorage at Hatteras. Exactly what happened next is uncertain, but it's thought the Bedfordshire was torpedoed and sunk. The bodies of two of her crew were spotted in the surf off Ocracoke Island. They were buried in a small plot of ground adjacent to a local family's cemetery. A week later, two more bodies were found, but not identified, and were lain to rest next to the other two. The small cemetery, its grounds kept beautifully landscaped and manicured by the U. S. Coast Guard, perpetually flies a British flag provided each year by England.

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British Cemetery Rd.
Ocracoke NC 27960

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Latitude: 35° 6' 58.3194" / Longitude: -75° 58' 52.68"

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