The 2013 British Cemetery Ceremony and reception are scheduled for Friday May 10, 2012 at 11.00 A.M.

This year is the 71st anniversary of the sinking of the H.M. Trawler Bedfordshire off the coast.  There will be representatives from England, Canada, and Germany participating in the ceremony.  Ocracoke high school seniors Casey Tolson and Diana Perez will read the history of the H.M. Trawler Bedfordshire and the names on the Roll of Honor.  Seniors Miguel Monter and Jordy Jenkins will welcome the guests and distribute the programs. 

The Ocracoke ceremony can trace its ties to island families back to May 1942.  The British Cemetery site has meant a lot to the people of Ocracoke, as well as becoming an important stop for many visitors.  As one stands at these gravesites, you begin to understand the kindness and respect people have shown for these four men who died so far from home.  The Ocracoke community has continued to help care for the gravesites and to honor these British sailors.

The money raised each year goes to landscaping the grave sites and providing food for the reception.  Much of the physical labor at the cemetery site is lovingly done by members from Coast Guard Station Hatteras / Ocracoke.  The reception is catered by a local restaurant.  The setting up, serving, and clean up is done by local volunteers from the community.

Each family and business is encouraged to make a donation to help fund this event.  Please write a check designating that the money be used for the Ocracoke British Cemetery events and mail it to the Ocracoke Civic and Business Association by April 5.  Mail your check to:


P. O. Box 456

Ocracoke, NC 27960


We need volunteers for the reception.  Please call Janey Jacoby at 928-1881 for specific information or email her at


Thank you for your support.