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James Skipsey

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James Skipsey

Birth
Death
4 Aug 1912 (aged 11–12)
Leysdown, Swale Borough, Kent, England
Burial
Nunhead, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England Add to Map
Plot
War graves plot, Square 52
Memorial ID
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(Year of birth estimated from age, 12.) Of Blackwood Street, Walworth, London Borough of Southwark.

On 3rd August 1912 a party of boys and adults from the 2nd Walworth Boy Scout troop set off on a trip down the River Thames. On the following day, as they approached Leysdown, near Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, their boat capsized in a sudden and violent storm and despite rescue attempts, 9 boys drowned. Amidst widespread public grief at the tragedy, the then First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, arranged for their bodies to be brought up the Thames by the destroyer Fervent on 8th August 1912. Their procession to the cemetery and burial on 10th August attracted huge crowds.

The nine buried here and also commemorated at Leysdown Cemetery are:-
William Beckham
Albert Dack
Noel Filmer
Thompson Filmer
Harry Gwynn
Percy Huxford
Frank Masters
James Skipsey
Edward Smith
(Year of birth estimated from age, 12.) Of Blackwood Street, Walworth, London Borough of Southwark.

On 3rd August 1912 a party of boys and adults from the 2nd Walworth Boy Scout troop set off on a trip down the River Thames. On the following day, as they approached Leysdown, near Sheerness, Isle of Sheppey, their boat capsized in a sudden and violent storm and despite rescue attempts, 9 boys drowned. Amidst widespread public grief at the tragedy, the then First Lord of the Admiralty, Winston Churchill, arranged for their bodies to be brought up the Thames by the destroyer Fervent on 8th August 1912. Their procession to the cemetery and burial on 10th August attracted huge crowds.

The nine buried here and also commemorated at Leysdown Cemetery are:-
William Beckham
Albert Dack
Noel Filmer
Thompson Filmer
Harry Gwynn
Percy Huxford
Frank Masters
James Skipsey
Edward Smith

Gravesite Details

The original memorial incorporated a life-size bronze statue of a Scout, but this was stolen in 1969.


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  • Created by: Chris Doran
  • Added: Jun 7, 2019
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID:
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/199864661/james-skipsey: accessed ), memorial page for James Skipsey (1900–4 Aug 1912), Find a Grave Memorial ID 199864661, citing Nunhead Cemetery, Nunhead, London Borough of Southwark, Greater London, England; Maintained by Chris Doran (contributor 47269014).