Reply To: Battle of Cabo de Palos, 5th/6th March, 1938
The incident was widely reported in the British press at the time, and some newspapers also carried reports of the funeral of AB George Long at Gibraltar.
The Boreas and Kempenfelt arrived at Gibraltar 7 March and he was evidently buried that same afternoon.
Admiral Sir Dudley Pound, Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Fleet and Vice Admiral J F Somerville, commanding the destroyer flotillas, were in attendance, and the Rev. R T Venn of HMS Warspite officiated. General Franco’s representative at Gibraltar was also present and placed a wreath on the grave.
Other newspapers give some background on AB Long, indicating that he was from Byker, Newcastle, originally, but then resided at Rainham, Kent, and left a widow and child.