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The Orman and Gilfoy Graves

Wednesday 22nd March 2017

On Tuesday 21st March, Bruce was very pleased to have been asked by Linda Dine and her husband Bob to accompany them to see the graves of Linda’s relatives, Victor Charles Mafeking Orman and Albert Henry Gilfoy. It was exactly 100 years to the day that Victor had died and Linda paid her respects by laying a lovely bouquet of Chrysanthemum’s on his grave. Victor was a nephew of Linda’s Great Grandmother, Rosina Matilda Orman and was serving on the hospital ship ‘HMHS Asturias’ as a Doctor’s Boy. On the night of 20th to 21st of March 1917, the Asturias was returning to her base in Southampton having just discharged 1000 wounded men at Avonmouth when without warning she was torpedoed by a German U-Boat and Victor who was only 16 sadly drowned. We then visited the grave of Albert who was a Private in the Portsmouth Division of the ‘Royal Marine Light Infantry’ and a cousin of Victor’s. Albert had unfortunately contracted Tuberculosis and died at the young age of 26 in the ‘Royal Navy Hospital’ in Great Yarmouth, having been awarded ‘The Victory Medal’ and ‘The British Medal’. Linda then laid a bouquet on his grave and was delighted to have been able to pay her respects to both of them. The sun had shone for her and both headstones were perfectly lit and after the visit Linda and Bob made a very generous donation to FoSOC for which we are most grateful. On Sunday 21st May at 2.00pm FoSOC will also be conducting a walk led by David Palmer to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the ‘Commonwealth War Graves Commission’ 21st May 1917. Story & Photos Bruce Larner