Lt. Alfred Dryden was a Seaman in the service of the British Royal Navy. He was assigned aboard the HMT Bedfordshire, a British anti-submarine trawler, lent to the U.S. Navy in March 1942. The HMT Bedfordshire, under the command of Lt. R.B. Davis, RNR, was torpedoed twice and sunk on May 11, 1942 by the German submarine U-558 off Cape Lookout, North Carolina, in position 34º10'N, 76º41'W. The entire crew was lost. Six British sailors, four of them identified, are buried at the British Cemetery at Ocracoke, Hyde County, North Carolina. The body of Lt. Alfred Dryden was later found on the mainland and was transported to and buried at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Creeds, in what was then Princess Anne County (now city of Virginia Beach), Virginia.
Engraved on Lt. Alfred Dryden's gravestones:
"Lt/JX 241795 Seaman"
"Seaman Royal Navy"
"R.N.P.S." (means Royal Navy Patrol Service)
Link to Find A Grave memorial pages at the British Cemetery in Ocracoke, Hyde County, North Carolina:
H.M.T. Bedfordshire Memorial
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