Who rewrote Crabb’s headstone in Portsmouth cemetery?

The headstone on Commander Lionel Crabb's  grave in Milton Cemetey, Portsmouth.
The headstone on Commander Lionel Crabb's grave in Milton Cemetey, Portsmouth.

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I wrote recently about the events leading to the disappearance of Commander Lionel ‘Buster’ Crabb in 1956.

I am still hearing from readers but I thought you might be interested in this from Tim King, a former Evening News reporter.

When he was supposedly buried at Milton Cemetery, Crabb’s epitaph read: ‘In Ever Loving Memory of My Son Commander Crabb. At Rest At Last.’

A somewhat strange epitaph for a mother to have placed on the headstone of her son, don’t you think? No Christian name, no dates or decorations.

In 1982 the grave was refurbished. The kerbing was removed and the headstone cleaned and the wording altered to: ‘In Loving memory of My Son Commander Lionel Crabb RNVR GM OBE. At Rest At Last 1956.’

If anyone knows who was responsible for the new wording I would like to hear from them.