The Captain Fryatt Commemoration

The Captain Fryatt Commemoration

Image by kind permission of Mark P Baker



The Harwich Mayflower Heritage Centre are pleased to announce that it has arranged for the nationally important Cavell Van to be on display in Harwich from the 5th to the 14th July 2019.

The Cavell Van transported the repatriated body of Captain Fryatt to London in 1919 and then on to Dovercourt where he is now buried. The carriage also repatriated the body of nurse Edith Cavell to Norwich and the remains of the Unknown Warrior who is now famously interred in Westminster Abbey.

July 8th 2019 marks the 100th anniversary of the repatriation of the remains of Captain Fryatt, following his capture and execution by the Germans in July 1916 for his attempt to ram a U-boat.  Captain Fryatt received a state funeral at St Paul’s Cathedral and is buried in All Saint’s church yard in Upper Dovercourt.  His grave has recently been restored with the support of the Rail Heritage Trust.

The van will be available to visit at the Mayflower Heritage Centre in George Street Harwich from 5th to 14th July 2019 which will directly coincide with the anniversary of Captain Fryatt’s burial. We will be hosting a number of commemorative events while the carriage is with us.

We anticipate significant public interest in this commemoration: when the carriage was displayed in Norwich it received over 10,000 visitors.

Keep checking this page as we will shortly be releasing an exciting events programme which will be posted here.

Event Programme

Friday 5th July

  • 7.30pm – Welcome Event featuring a performance from Harwich sing with refreshments available.

Saturday 6th July

  • 11:00am – Special Captain Fryatt themed train leaving Manningtree and travelling to Harwich with an expert Fryatt Historian on board. (please book this with
  • 3:00pm – performance from Harwich Sing Kids
  • 7:30pm – “The Music Hall Comes To Harwich” Outdoor musical variety show, with professional performers. Entrance £12.50, bring a deckchair.

Sunday 7th July