Fu­neral of Cadet Jonathan who died in train­ing tragedy

IN­QUEST INTO DEATH OF YOUNG­STER WHO FELL FROM RIG­GING

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Sam Len­non slen­non@thek­m­group.co.uk

THE fu­neral of a Sea Cadet who died af­ter fall­ing from a ship’s rig­ging takes place to­day (Thurs­day).

Ash­ford Sea Cadet Jonathan Martin, 14, of Sha­dox­hurst, died in the fall on a train­ing ship in the So­lent, Hamp­shire, on May 2.

His fu­neral cortege will leave his Cadet base at the Ash­ford TA Cen­tre in Chart Road at around 1pm with fel­low Sea Cadets and lead­ers march­ing be­hind.

The cortege ar­rives at St Mary the Vir­gin Church in Ash­ford town cen­tre for the fu­neral ser­vice at 2pm, which will be taken by the Sea Cadets’ chap­lain the Rev Colin Preece.

And money is be­ing raised that may pro­vide a me­mo­rial bench for Jonathan at his parish church.

His com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, Lt Ali- son Oates, said: “Mourn­ers are be­ing asked to make do­na­tions to Ash­ford Sea Cadets.

“Money raised may go to­wards a com­mem­o­ra­tive bench.”

Canon Sheila McLach­lan con­firmed that she has had an ini­tial dis­cus­sion with the fam­ily about a me­mo­rial bench in the Sha­dox­hurst church­yard but no de­ci­sion had been made yet.

Stow­ing a sail

Jonathan was also re­mem­bered in prayers at Rochester Cathe­dral last Satur­day when a men­tion was made of him at a ser­vice to mark the 150th an­niver­sary of the cadet move­ment.

A post-mortem ex­am­i­na­tion found that Jonathan had died from chest in­juries when he fell af­ter he had been stow­ing a sail on the Sea Cadets Corps’ flag­ship TS Roy­al­ist at Stokes Bay near Gosport.

Prayers were also said for him and his fam­ily by fel­low Ash- ford Sea Cadets when they held a minute’s si­lence at their twice­weekly meet­ing last Thurs­day at their base.

Jonathan, a pupil at Cran­brook School, had been in the Sea Cadets for two years and had achieved his sail­ing and ca­noe­ing qualifications.

He was one of 19 Cadets on board TS Roy­al­ist for a week-long ex­er­cise. An in­ves­ti­ga­tion is un­der way into his death.

An in­quest opened in Portsmouth Coro­ner’s Court last Thurs­day and has been ad­journed for a date to be fixed, later this year.

The Sea Cadet Corps is also work­ing with the Depart­ment for Trans­port’s Ma­rine Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch to find out what caused the tragedy.

Full re­port and pic­tures of Jonathan’s fu­neral in next week’s Ken­tish Ex­press.

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