Harwich to commemorate one of its heroes

The Harwich Mayflower Heritage Centre are pleased to announce that it has arranged for the nationally important Cavell Van to be on display in Harwich from the 5th to the 14th July 2019.

The Cavell Van transported the repatriated body of Captain Fryatt to London in 1919 and then on to Dovercourt where he is now buried. The carriage also repatriated the body of nurse Edith Cavell to Norwich and the remains of the unknown warrior who is now famously interred in Westminster Abbey.

July 8th 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the repatriation of the remains of Captain Fryatt, following his capture and execution by the Germans in July 1916 for his attempt to ram a U-boat.  Captain Fryatt received a state funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral and is buried in All Saint’s church yard in Upper Dovercourt. His grave has recently been restored with the support of the Rail Heritage Trust.

The van will be available to visit at the Mayflower Heritage Centre in George Street Harwich from 5th to 14th July 2019 which will directly coincide with the anniversary of Captain Fryatt’s burial. We will be hosting a number of commemorative events while the carriage is with us.

We anticipate significant public interest in this commemoration: when the carriage was displayed in Norwich it received over 10,000 visitors.