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Queen Mary entering KG DOCKOur outdoor visit to Minstead Church in 2011 image Will TempleWarrior who after service on the front in WWI became a Southampton Police Horse. Image by kind permission Bitterne Local History SocietySouthampton CenotaphJohn Melody Town Crier at Tudor Revels 2012 image Arthur Jeffery

 A group of local historians and supporters and members of the Fryatt family joined to form an Unregistered Charity to raise funds for a memorial plaque to Captain Charles Algernon Fryatt MN. In WWI he served with the Great Eastern Railway Co as master of a ferry SS Brussels. When challenged in the North Sea by a U Boat he made the decision to try to ram it/ The submarine had to dive for its safety. Some 15 months later he was captured by the Germans and after a court martial he was executed. When hostilities ended his body was recovered and returned to England. Only three such recoveries took place, Edith Cavell the nurse, Captain Fryatt and the Unknown Warrior.

The Southampton Fryatt Plaque group commissioned Allstone [stonemasons] for the plaque [they generously donated the stone and we paid for the artwork and installation]. During the annual commemoration service held by the Merchant Navy Association, the service led by the Port Chaplain John Attenborough various members of the Fryatt family went to Holy Rood MN Memorial on 3 September 2017 when the plaque was dedicated.

Holy Rood courtyard standard bearers at the Southampton Fyatt Plaque image Ann MacGillivray

Merchant Navy annual service at Holy Rood, Southampton image Ann MacGillivray

Holy Rood Merchant Navy Memorial Southampton dedication of plaque to Southampton born Captain Fryatt image Ann MacGillivray

Preparing for the dedication of the Southampton Fryatt Plaque at the Merchant Navy annual service at Holy Rood Southampton
The Southampton Fryatt Plaque at the MN Memorial Holy Rood Southampton
The Union Flag used in the repatriation of the body from Bruges was used during the dedication service attended by the family of Captain Fryatt image Jill Ghanouni

Outdoor visit to Minstead Church image courtesy Will Temple Outdoor visit on a Guy Arab open top busTug tender Calshot in preservation