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Home > Screenings > CBC & Radio-Canada Distribution > No Roses on a Sailor's Grave

Director: Daniel Oron

Genres: Documentary


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Patrick Thomas, a veteran telegraphist in the British Royal Navy took part in D-Day on June 6th 1944 and his vessel, LCH 185, was part of the first wave on Sword Beach. For two weeks, the ship helped protect the landing beaches from German attack until, on June 25th , it was struck by an acoustic mine. LC 185 was sunk, taking all but a few surviving crew with it. For decades, Patrick has lived with the painful memory of that day, his grief perpetuated by the fact that the vessel’s position was never confirmed and there is no memorial to honour his fallen comrades. Until, in his 90s he finds himself one of the last remaining D-Day survivors and by chance he meets a 25-year-old British archaeologist, John Henry Phillips. Fuelled by their unexpected bond and the rapid passing of the Second World War generation, John makes a shocking promise to Patrick. He vows to find the ship and build a memorial to the missing crew in France – with Patrick by his side. NO ROSE’S ON A SAILOR’S GRAVE follows their unusual journey and unexpected friendship.