We have been asked many times where are the victims of the flood buried? Well the answer is some, but I do not yet know if all, are buried in Jotmans Lane Cemetery, South Benfleet. This is a council cemetery and it seems many were buried in communal graves scattered around the cemetery. I know where some are and I am currently finding out how many and where the graves in this cemetery are. Only a few have family memorials located on or near the graves.
I believe no public memorial to these victims has ever been put up in the cemetery. Why not??
I am taking the opportunity of the 60th Anniversary to start a campaign with the Canvey Community Archive to rectify this if at all possible.
Update: I can now confirm that 23 victims of the flood were buried in the cemetery at Jotmans. Joan Liddiard and I checked the records today and visited the cemetery to see where a plaque could be placed. We will be talking to the Council to see what our next step needs to be.
Your comments would be appreciated.