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Cathedral headstone

Taken 21 June 2010 - Gravestone in St. Magnus Cathedral kirkyard. Pity the sandstone has eroded so badly. It would seem that he died on the day war was declared.

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Picture added on 25 June 2010 at 10:25
Should have added that HMS Centurion, a KGV class battleship later served at Jutland but ended her days far less gloriously - first as a target ship in the late 20's and finally run ashore to serve as a breakwater on the Normandy beaches in 1944.
Added by Dave Dawson on 25 June 2010
What shame, so young.

Has anyone got a good picture of the headstone with the date February 30? < Private Frazer voice> It was said a long time ago that if you took a picute of that headstone the date would come out as 28 February.....

[One here somewhere... - Steven]
Added by Al Hine on 25 June 2010
Depending on when that portion of the stone eroded, you might still be able to find the name. A few years ago a girl called, I think, Sarah Tarlow, made a list of the inscriptions on every headstone in the St Magnus Cemetry, and you can see it in the Archives in the library. I remember looking at it while I was doing some Family Tree stuff in the old Library in Laing Street, and it was a lot easier than searching the whole graveyard looking for possible family connections!
Added by Isobel Irvine on 25 June 2010
I have had a look at the Tarlow inscription in the archives. It is the same as in the picture. I have had a look at the Orcadian of the time. It only says that "a naval funeral took place last Tuesday". No surname. Must have been a wartime news black out. George Gray and I tried to find out the name in the Family History Office with out luck. We tried several names begining with Mar. All we can say is it certainly isn't Marwick.
Added by Ian Cameron on 30 June 2010
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