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Old 03-10-2015, 06:20 PM
leslie leslie is offline
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there is a memorial in Warkworth memorial Hall to a John Kane Drowned at Carr Rocks Alnmouth, 7th August 1922! any info !
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Old 04-10-2015, 10:48 AM
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I'll see if I can find anything out.....its kind of ringing a faint bell somewhere! Wonder if he was related to the Amble Kanes who had the café on Queen Street?
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Old 04-10-2015, 11:08 AM
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I must have seen it in my wanderings through the newspapers. Hartlepool Mail, 8 August 1922:
FATAL ATTEMPT AT RESCUE

"A sad fatality occurred at the Carr Rocks, Warkworth, resulting in the death of a hawker named Kane, who after a gallant attempt to rescue a boy who had got into difficulties while bathing, was carried out to sea and drowned.
The boy dived off the rocks and it was soon seen that he was in trouble. There was a strong ebb tide running, and efforts of others who were bathing in the vicinity to reach him proved futile.
Kane, who was on the beach with a horse and flat cart, took the reins off and tried to use them as a life line. Being unsuccessful in this effort, and the boy's position becoming every minute more serious, he divested himself of coat, waistcoat, and leggings, and went in to the rescue with an orange box to act as a life-buoy.
Kane found himself unable to make progress against the tide, and he was rapidly carried out to sea, to the horror of the crowd which had been attracted to the spot.
Meanwhile the boy bather had kept himself up by floating on his back, but he was being rapidly carried out to sea.
Efforts were then made to attract the attention of some fishermen who were in a boat some little distance out to sea. The cries of those on the beach eventually attracted their attention, and they pulled in towards the shore and reached the boy just in time.
When brought ashore he was in an exhausted condition after his terrible experience, and received care and attention at Boulmer, five miles north of Warkworth, where the rescue was eventually made.
The body of the unfortunate man Kane had not been recovered up to a late hour last night."

There must have been some follow up in the local papers but they are not yet online
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Old 04-10-2015, 04:40 PM
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Thanks Jan John said you could come up Trumps , that is to answer a Question for a lady from Warkworth WI!
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Old 05-10-2015, 04:52 PM
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Leslie, it looks like John Kane was 40 when he died. He was born in Scotland but at the 1911 census he was living with his parents, William and Mary, at Warkworth Mains. He was a carter, one of 7 children, all the family were Scottish.
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