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East Bank Cemetery, East London, South Africa

Anne Clarkson of http://www.family-research.co.za kindly took these photographs for us.

She indicated in her e-mail, "Just a quick email to say I am in East London and have just come back from the East Bank Cemetery, where I found Francis Wilson's grave. It has a small plaque reading Francis Wilson, Seaman. Luckily I managed to organise an escort from the Municipality. There are big signs at the cemetery entrance warning people that it is not safe to enter alone, and I wouldn't have dared to go in without my brawny escort, who looked bloodthirsty enough himself and was armed with a large crowbar!

"I was quite glad to have the crowbar-wielding chap with me, because while I was searching for the grave two rather scary looking characters came slinking out of the bushes. They turned tail and fled when my chap yelled at them in Xhosa and brandished his weapon. Looking at the photo of the cemetery it looks so peaceful!

"The graves are tidy enough, and the grass had recently been mown."

Status: Located

Owner/SourceAnn Clarkson
Date11 Nov 2008
File nameEast-Bank-Cemetery-EL.jpg
File Size682.72k
Dimensions900 x 1200
Linked toFrancis William Wilson

East London (East Bank) Cemetery, East London, East London, South Africa

Notes: Records kept at:

The Cemetery Office
Windermere Road
Cambridge
East London

Postal address:

Cambridge Cemetery
PO Box 984
Cambridge
East London
5200

Cemetery Photos

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1East Bank Cemetery, East London, South Africa East Bank Cemetery, East London, South Africa
Anne Clarkson of http://www.family-research.co.za kindly took these photographs for us.

She indicated in her e-mail, "Just a quick email to say I am in East London and have just come back from the East Bank Cemetery, where I found Francis Wilson's grave. It has a small plaque reading Francis Wilson, Seaman. Luckily I managed to organise an escort from the Municipality. There are big signs at the cemetery entrance warning people that it is not safe to enter alone, and I wouldn't have dared to go in without my brawny escort, who looked bloodthirsty enough himself and was armed with a large crowbar!

"I was quite glad to have the crowbar-wielding chap with me, because while I was searching for the grave two rather scary looking characters came slinking out of the bushes. They turned tail and fled when my chap yelled at them in Xhosa and brandished his weapon. Looking at the photo of the cemetery it looks so peaceful!

"The graves are tidy enough, and the grass had recently been mown."
 
2Francis Wilson - Seaman Francis Wilson - Seaman
Gravestone for Francis Wilson at East Bank Cemetery, East London, South Africa

Information from the Interment Register held at Cambridge Cemetery, East London, South Africa:

Church of England Section 6C, Grave 404
Date of death: 30 Aug 1912
Place of death: Buffalo Harbour
Date of interment: 31 Aug 1912

Information and photograph courtesy of Anne Clarkson http://www.family-research.co.za/ 
3Francis Wilson Grave - East London, South Africa Francis Wilson Grave - East London, South Africa
Church of England Section 6C, Grave 404 - Photograph courtesy of Ann Clarkson - http://www.family-research.co.za/ 

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