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Bellis, A.S., Deck hand, 1917
In Dunkirk Town Cemetery is the Commonwealth War Grave of 4063/SD Deck Hand A. Bellis, serving with the Royal Naval Reserve, who died 10/10/1917.

The Blyth News 10/10/1921 carries the following:

"Bellis – In loving memory of my dear son, Alfred S. Bellis, accidentally drowned in Dunkirk Harbour, France, Oct. 10th 1917 off H.M. Motor Launch 22.
What dangers he faced I never knew
I did not see him die;
But this I know, he is gone -
Did not get time to bid me a last goodbye.
Ever remembered by his sorrowing mother.
J.A. Coyne, High Street."

He is remembered in Blyth on B42.24 and on our List of Ships’ crews

The CWGC entry for Deck Hand Bellis

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