Sea mine disasters

Article from Scarborough Mercury entitled "NAVAL FUNERAL AT SCARBORO' - MINE DISASTER SEQUEL." The mines laid by the Kolberg after the German raid on Scarborough in December 1914, caused havoc in shipping lanes around Scarborough.

The funeral took place on Wednesday afternoon at Scarborough Cemetery of Thomas Gilbert, aged 62 years, of Cleethorpes, the victim of a mine disaster off Scarborough on Sunday. He lost his life in the sinking of the Garmoyle, an armoured trawler, which was employed as a patrol vessel.

The vessel, as previously reported, was proceeding to the assistance of another large trawler which had been mined, and the vessel sank. At the time there was conflicting reports as to the number of the crew who lost their lives. It is understood three besides the deceased - the latter died on being conveyed to the Hospital - were missing. The naval funeral of Wednesday afternoon was an impressive character.

The coffin was enshrouded in a Union Jack, being borne along a carriage drawn by comrades in the Royal Naval Reserve. There was a company of about 50 naval reservists engaged on the mine sweeping vessels. There was also a company of the Yorkshire Hussars, and the Hussars' band rendered an impressive funeral march. The official clergyman were Archdeacon Mackarness and the Rev. E.A. Irwin.

There were several sorrowing relatives, and the service at the graveside was most impressive, the Yorkshire Hussars supplying a firing party. A number of well known Scarborough fishermen attended. Messrs. Tonks and Son were the undertakers.

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