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Address: British Cemetery Road, Ocracoke, NC
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Description: The remains of four British soldiers whose ship was sunk off the coast...
The remains of four British soldiers whose ship was sunk off the coast during World War II are buried here.
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As x RN I found this to be humbling few minutes. It is kept clean and tidy by the U.S. Coast Guard and war graves commission flying the White Ensign it is a fitting memorial to 4... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 31, 2015
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stratford upon avon
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stratford upon avon
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108 reviews 108 reviews
76 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015 NEW via mobile

As x RN I found this to be humbling few minutes. It is kept clean and tidy by the U.S. Coast Guard and war graves commission flying the White Ensign it is a fitting memorial to 4 British matelots who were washed up on shore after their ship HMS Bedfordshire on May 11th 1942 was sunk by a German U... More 

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Memphis, Tennessee
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14 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

It's modest in size, scope and detailed information. It's quiet, well-maintained and easy to locate. Baby Boomers may find it more interesting though it is easy to see it would serve as a good topic of multi-generational dinner conversation - ya know when you're trying to explain selflessness, sacrifice, the Greatest Generation, the cost of freedom . . .

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Houston
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

Doesn't take long.... but you can appreciate the sacrifices that other have made..... including those from other countries. Pretty interesting that the British Royal Navy comes and pays their respects for the soldiers...... including present day. Nice place to give thanks.

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Doddington, United Kingdom
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41 reviews 41 reviews
4 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

Echoing other posts this is a small memorial to a number of British sailors that died in WWII when their armoured trawler was sunk by a German Uboat. both war graves commission and other local (saved) crosses provided by locals in a carefully maintained cemetery with plaques explaining the events. Being British it was sobering to see our servicemen lost... More 

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Lewisburg, West Virginia, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

There is not a lot to see--a memorial stone and four graves. However, the feelings of both sacrifice and gratitude are overwhelming as one contemplates what happened.

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Ottawa, Canada
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168 reviews 168 reviews
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111 helpful votes 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

Did not know about this place until I arrived. Well kept and obviously visited by many judging by the money left under the rocks to help maintain the site. Four Royal Navy sailors are buried there after their ship was torpedoed and sunk with all hands during WW2. It was touching to see that the US Coast Guard maintains the... More 

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Paradise Valley, Arizona
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

We rode our bikes to this cemetery. It had a plaque near the graves that told the story of these sailors. It was interesting that money (dollars & pounds) was placed openly on a pillar near the grave sites. I wondered who collects this money and whether it goes to the upkeep of the cemetery.

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Indianapolis
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72 reviews 72 reviews
11 attraction reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

You approach this site with a sense of awe that sailors, whose country depended on the very supplies they were bringing, were willing to sacrifice their lives for their fellow countrymen. Yes it is small. Yes it does not have a monument like you would see in Westminster Abbey or St. Paul's, but it is simple monument to brave men... More 

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durham, NC
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Little to see here, except for some headstones, but nice their deaths are commemorated. Not really worth the trip, but then there is very little to see in Ocracoke other than the nice beach.

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Anaheim, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2014

If you make the trip you need to visit the British Cemetery. So much history and how many times can you visit England without crossing the Atlantic and having a passport?

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