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Memorial to Sir Christopher Cradock in All Saints' Churchyard, Catherington.

Memorial to Sir Christopher Cradock in All Saints' Churchyard, Catherington.

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This year, being the centenary of the beginning of the First World War, will see many more memorial services than usual.

In this area most will be naval events, but I shall endeavour to feature those concerning the army too, if space permits.

Next Saturday is the centenary of the sinking of the armoured cruiser HMS Good Hope at the Battle of Coronel.

Suffering 35 hits, she blew up and sank taking 919 officers and men with her. Four of those killed were midshipmen from the newly-formed Royal Canadian Navy.

Rear Admiral Christopher Cradock was in command at the battle and flew his flag in HMS Good Hope. He lost his life with his men.

He had some connections with Catherington, near Horndean, and on November 1 there is a memorial service to him and his men.

The service begins at 10.30am at All Saints’ Church, Catherington Lane, Catherington.

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