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British Cemetery

British Cemetery Road, Ocracoke, NC
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Ranked #2 of 12 Attractions in Ocracoke
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Cemeteries, Historic Sites
Description: The remains of four British soldiers whose ship was sunk off the coast during World War II are buried here.
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Hilliard, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW

First time to this part of OBX...being born in England I wanted to visit and take some pictures for my dad(who still lives in England ). It was small but nice . Clean and well kept . Interesting info and worth paying respect if your in the area.

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Ashland, Kentucky
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Small but gives a complete story of WWII event near Ocracoke and how close the war was to our mainland

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Wilds of New Jersey
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59 reviews 59 reviews
26 attraction reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

It won't take you long to see the monuments to the British sailors who are buried here and the Howard-Wahab Cemetery next to it is closed to the public. There is also monument there to Old Diver so I had to look him up. Here is what I found: http://villagecraftsmen.blogspot.com/2004/09/old-diver-old-diver-what-do-you-say.html. We didn't see any ghosts but this site was still... More

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St. Louis, Missouri
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I would have found this a pretty underwhelming monument, if a friend hadn't given me a little paperback, "In Some Foreign Field" by L Vanloan Naisawald, which tells the whole story. Then the tiny graveyard became important, a reminder of how, even in terrible times when killing people becomes the normal purpose of life, civilized behavior persists. Feelings are respected... More

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Jeannette, Pennsylvania
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

I was unaware of the history that happened here to the British in 1942. Very respectful and worth seeing. Just a little tricky to find.

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Daytona Beach, Florida
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

There is a lot of history here & the World War was no exception to Ocracoke Island. This small cemetery honors some British sailors whose bodies were found washed up on the beach here following a U-Boat attack. Close to the lighthouse walk. Stop by, take a deep breath, pay your respects, reflect a bit. and be thankful.

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NC
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

And I do, you may find the British Cemetery interesting. It's a small cemetery located right across from the camp grounds on one of the back roads of Ocracoke. It honors unknown British soldiers that lost their lives during World War ll.

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Dayton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

I was quite touched by the care given to this tiny cemetery. It is obvious that the islanders take the time to make sure the graves of those lost at sea defending their home so long ago are well tended. I learned about a part of history I had not known about before.

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Seymour, Tennessee
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We were out touring the village in a golf cart and saw this & stopped. Very interesting information on the monument, my daughters really enjoyed learning about this bit of history.

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Interesting history. Not many know the British sent ships and men to our coastline in WWII to help combat German U-boat attacks. There were only a few survivors of this ship's sinking. The cemetery is a fitting tribute to their sacrifice.

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