Last Respects

  • Author: admin
  • Date: Wednesday 6th October 2010
Last Respects

There was considerable media interest in the death of Torquay resident Miss  Eileen Nearne. Following a search by the local council to discover any surviving family members an incredible story of bravery and courage emerged in the form of Miss Nearne’s war record.

A fluent French speaker she volunteered for operations behind enemy lines as part of the SOE and worked with members of the French Resistance, was captured, tortured and imprisoned managing to escape on two occasions.

Her last wishes included her ashes to be laid to rest at sea. Britannia Royal Naval College stepped forward to carry out this final mark of respect. Two picket boats sailed early one morning in mid September for Torquay where they received the casket and took on board a small family party before proceeding to the designated area for the ceremony.

The Reverend Andrew Hillier, C of E Chaplain from BRNC, took the service and representatives from the College attended including the present French Liaison Officer, Lieutenant Ronan Sevette.


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