Ocracoke Village: British Cemetery

Description

In 1942, German U-Boats hunted along the world’s busiest sea lane passing by Cape Hatteras. The campaign sunk nearly 400 largely unescorted merchant vessels and stopped delivery of badly needed food and war material to England. Totally unprepared for war, the United States accepted the services of the British Royal Navy, which provided a flotilla of twenty-four trawlers for coastal patrol. On May 11, 1942, approximately forty miles south-southeast of Cape Lookout, a torpedo fired from the U-558 struck the Bedfordshire amidships. Four officers and thirty-three crewmen from the British and Canadian Royal Navies died as the ship disintegrated. On May 14, the bodies of two Bedfordshire sailors were found in the surf off Ocracoke. The two sailors were buried with proper military honors in a plot donated by the Williams and Tetter families. One week later, two more bodies were found and were buried beside their shipmates.

Address

British Cemetery Road
Ocracoke, NC 27960

Lat/Long

35.11676700, -75.98088700
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