Funeral of Cadet Jonathan who died in training tragedy
INQUEST INTO DEATH OF YOUNGSTER WHO FELL FROM RIGGING
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.