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Headstone of Thomas Keppel North
Headstone of Thomas Keppel North
Headstone of Thomas Keppel North
Headstone of Thomas Keppel North
Headstone of Thomas Keppel North
Headstone of Thomas Keppel North
Headstone of Thomas Keppel North

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The headstone shows the Vickers Vimy bi-plane set under an ornate scroll. Late in the First World War, the British rushed into production a twin-engine heavy bomber with which they hoped to pound enemy fortifications at the front and German factories behind the Rhine. In 1913 the London Daily Mail had offered a 10,000-pound prize for the first successful non-stop flight across Atlantic Ocean. At the end of World War I the prize remained unclaimed. Then, late in the afternoon of June 14, 1919, a Vickers Vimy IV took off from St. John's, Newfoundland, and headed eastward across the Atlantic. The Vimy lumbered along between sea level and 12,000 feet at an average speed of about 118 miles per hour. Finally, at 8:40 the following morning, Alcock and Brown sighted the wireless station at Clifden, Ireland, landing in a bog.

Title

Headstone of Thomas Keppel North

Date

1919

Medium

stone

Measurements

H 115 x W 74 x D (?) cm

Accession number

PE32_RHT_S001

Work type

Monument

Owner

Parochial Church Council

Custodian

Parochial Church Council

Work status

extant

Access

at all times

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Located at

St Mary's Church, Rougham

PE32 2SF

In the churchyard, close to the entrance.