Saturday 2nd November, 2019

11:00  All Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 members are asked to muster for the Annual Camp Encampment at:

The Chelsea Pig (upper room), Old Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 5BS

Followed by:

13:00  American Civil War Remembrance Day Service at:

Chelsea Old Church, Old Church Street, Chelsea, SW3 5DQ

Ensign John Davis Camp No. 10 members are encouraged to bring their guests to the Service. Members of the public are also welcome to attend.

Officers (left) and Guests at the Service in 2018

Remembrance Day and the USS Tulip disaster

By a strange coincidence both events share the same date – the 11th November.

Our Camp namesake, Ensign John Davis, was a sailor on the steam-screw gunboat USS Tulip when, on the 11th November, 1864, off Ragged Point, Virginia, the vessel’s starboard boiler exploded . Of the crew of 57, Davis was one of only 8 survivors. 

 

An illustration by Barbara Stewart from a sign at the Patuxent River Naval Air Station, Maryland
Tulips and a ‘Poppy Cross’ are annually left in remembrance at Ensign John Davis’ headstone.