The sad story of Dr Sidney Bernard

Photo Nick Ardley.

Local interest piece on BBC Southeast current,y scheduled for Wednesday 9 September at 6.30 pm: Dr Sidney Bernard, Stangate Quarantine Station and the brave doctor’s burial site – “the loneliest grave in England.” The programme will be available for 24 hours after screening.

3 thoughts on “The sad story of Dr Sidney Bernard

  1. Many years ago I served as an engineer on BP tankers there was a boat called ‘Sidney Bernard’ which used to bring out the ships stores it was run I think by Ivan Dollimore. I often used to wonder about the origins of the name which I only discovered a couple of years ago.

  2. The grave slab is now one metre below the surface. I wonder if it sank into the soft mud of Burntwick Island or if the mud has built up by that amount in 175 years.

    • The saltings have built up over the last 100 years since land was flooded and let to the sea.
      Over past ten years the level has risen by around 10 cm, which equates to approximately 10 cm per decade. One of the corners has a grassy mound over it now.
      When the plaque was retrieved in c1952 there was around 20 to 25 cm silt over the grave slab. So the siltation has been happening at a fairly steady and consistent rate.
      I would ask that people don’t go traipsing around looking for grave: Sidney Bernard should continue to rest in peace.

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