‘CAVELL VAN’ HONOUR FOR HERO CAPTAIN
Historic SECR ‘Cavell van’ No. 132 is to visit Harwich to mark 100 years since the repatriation of the body of GER steamship captain Charles Fryatt.
Fryatt was captured and executed by the Germans in July 1916 for attempting to ram a U-boat. His body was returned to Britain on July 8 1919 and conveyed from Dover to London in the ‘Cavell van’ which also transported the repatriated remains of Nurse Edith Cavell and the Unknown Warrior.
The luggage van, which is based at the Kent & East Sussex Railway, will be on display at the Mayflower Heritage Centre in George Street, Harwich, from July 5-14 2019, coinciding with the anniversary of Fryatt’s burial in Dovercourt, Harwich.