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Kilchoman Military Cemetery, Isle of Islay

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Kilchoman Military Cemetery, Isle of Islay
Argyll and Bute - Kilchoman, Strathclyde, Scotland
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Kilchoman is famous for the early carved cross that stands in the old churchyard. From the churchyard a track leads across a farm field to a memorial cemetery dedicated to sailors who lost their lives when the troop transport SS Otranto was sunk off the coast here on 24 September 1918 after colliding with another ship. In the worst maritime accident of WWII over 400 men lost their lives in the tragedy. Many of the slain are buried here, in a lonely, stunningly beautiful spot overlooking the scene of the tragedy. There is something incredibly poignant about seeing the rows of headstones, some inscribed with names of the dead man, others with the phrase, 'Known only unto God'.

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