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Exwick Cemetery

Page updated 1st March 2014

 

This cemetery at Landhayes, near Exwick, was opened on 30 MArch 1877, by Bishop Temple, who later became Bishop of London and then Archbishop of Canterbury, and whose son, also William Temple, was also Archbishop of Canterbury.

The first burial was that of Elizabeth Curry who died at the age of 29, and, as the first, was given a free tombstone. Sadly, the next year, her small son was buried next to her and two years later, her husband. Proceedings concluded with Miss Champion playing the harmonium. The cemetery also contains the grave of the Victoria Cross holder, George Hollis, who died in 1879. He was awarded the honour during the Indian Mutiny in 1858.

Frank Shooter, became known as the Hero of the Exe for saving hundreds from drowning, and taught thousands of locals to swim. He was a man who served his city with pride, and who was awarded with medals and a generous collection of money for his bravery. He died in 1917, and was interred at Exwick.

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