Sark’s Forgotten Sailor
A short Ceremony of Remembrance was held last night at the Men of Sark Memorial to unveil new lettering on the monument in honour of Alfred Denis. Alfred was the first man from Sark to die during enemy action in the First World War when a German submarine scuttled the cargo ship he was serving on in the Mediterranean. Because he served in the merchant navy rather than the armed forces his name was not originally included on the memorial on Sark but it has now been added. Yesterday marked a hundred years since Alfred’s death and the ceremony was the first planned over the next three years by the Sark Branch of the Royal British Legion to mark the centenary of the loss of all 18 Men of Sark who gave their lives in the Great War. The next to be remembered is Fred Battle on 17th July this year.
Words and pictures by Sue Daly, clockwise from top left …
The Sark Standard is lowered
The Men of Sark memorial
Reg Guille & John Hunt, Chairman & Secretary of the Sark British Legion