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British Battle of Jutland sailor killed 100 years ago is finally honoured after his grave site is identified


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The final resting place of Royal Navy Able Seaman (AB) Harry Gasson has been honoured on the 100th anniversary of his death during the Battle of Jutland.

 

AB Gasson’s grave was re-dedicated with a new headstone, now bearing his name, at Esbjerg New Cemetery in Denmark in a service organised by the MOD’s Joint Casualty and Compassionate Centre, part of Defence Business Services.

 

AB Gasson served on HMS Castor and was killed during the Battle of Jutland on 31 May 1916. His body was recovered about 2 nautical miles off Grey Deep on 25 September 1916 and buried as a ‘British Seaman of the Great War Known Unto God’ 5 days later on 30 September 1916.

 

The local people of Esbjerg maintained the grave for almost 100 years but it wasn’t until local historians looked into the church records to find it was recorded that the sailor had the name H. Gossom written in his trousers. After work by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) and checking naval records, the MOD was able to agree that the identity of this sailor was actually H. Gasson, and there had been an error in the transcription.

 

READ MORE HERE: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-battle-of-jutland-sailor-killed-100-years-ago-is-finally-honoured-after-his-grave-site-is-identified

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