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British Cemetery, Ocracoke

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  • The British Cemetery is a really interesting part of Ocracoke history. I won't ruin the story, but it is a good stop. Don't plan on spending more than a couple of minutes here though.  more »
  • It's a cemetery. The unusual part is the British maintenance of a small portion. If you enjoy stopping at cemeteries, this is a small easily accessible one.  more »
  • So we drove out to see cemetery. It is about 15/20 grave sites . It is all fenced in and protected . Again history here is deep and rich but does not take very long to see.  more »
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  • The British Cemetery was created in May 1942 for four sailors, two known and two unknown, that washed ashore from the HMS Bedfordshire after she was torpedoed by German U-boat. To this day the United States Coast Guard station at Ocracoke maintains the property. A British flag flies at all times over the graves of those British sailors. The flag is replaced each year with a new one sent by the Queen of England.
  • On May the 12 1942 the HMS Bedfordshire was sank just off the coast with a loss of her entire 34 man crew. Four of the five recovered British sailors are buried here. It's a simple yet poignant cemetery.
  • Great for history buffs
  • Neat history but there isn't much parking there.
  • Interesting and somewhat sad to know all those men are forever lost at sea. Nice piece of history to show your children and teach them the sacrifice these men made.

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