British Cemetery, Ocracoke

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  • It’s a quick stop and has free parking. Beautiful grounds, well maintained and very interesting history of the British, WWII and German Submarine. Next to it is a local cemetery which we also stopped ...  more »
  • We drive the golf cart around to see this. It is a beautiful little cemetery. If on the island you should stop by.  more »
  • Worth the look. A very nice tribute to our great and staunch allies the British. The story is interesting and the sacrifice these men made for us is certainly worth memorializing.  more »
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  • Very beautiful cemetery..Peaceful
  • Every year on May 12, the anniversary of the HMS Bedfordshire's sinking, members of the US Coast Guard, the National Park Service, and the British Royal Navy honor the men buried at this cemetery. Visitors and locals alike are welcome to witness the ceremony, and many do, standing quietly by and honoring the fallen heroes. During the memorial, current servicemen place wreathes along each of the graves, while island locals read aloud the names of the dead that had fallen during the deadly reign of the Torpedo Junction. To close the ceremony, the sailors are honored with a quiet playing of "Taps," followed by a 21-gun salute. Great for history buffs
  • Cool somber memorial to freedom and it's price
  • 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.
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