Kilkeel Local Customs
2 WINNERS OF THE VICTORIA CROSS
Outside of the Christ Church, there is a monument to soldiers who died in many wars over the last 150 years. 2 of the men named are actually winners of the highest award for Bravery in the British military - the Victoria Cross. Interestingly, neither died in battle.
Robert Scott (4 June 1874 – 21 February 1961) was actually born in the county of Lancashire in England. His parents were Irish however. He served in the Manchester Regiment during the Second Boer War. On 6th January, 1900 his camp in the Natal was attacked by the Boer. He and Private James Pitts were the only survivors and managed to hold of the invaders for 15 hours under heavy fire. He was wounded in the fight. He went on to serve in World War I, World War II and in the Royal Ulster Constabulary. He is buried here at the Church.
Robert Hill Hanna (6 August 1887 – 15 June 1967) was born here in Kilkeel, but emigrated to Canada as a child. He joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in November 1914 and was sent to Europe to fight in World War I. On August 21, 1917 at Lens, France he lead a small party towards a German machine gun position after all the officers had been killed or wounded. He killed 4 enemy soldiers and captured the machine nest. He is buried in Burnaby, British Columbia, but his personal sword is on display at the Kilkeel British Legion club.Related to:
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"Laps of the town"
Any night of the week (although especially weekends) you will find all the resident teenage trash driving their worn-out Novas from one end of Kilkeel to the other and back again (continued indefinitely). In first gear, usually. And with the windows down, and some bland hip-hop fragmenting out of their cheap sound system. The back seat will have 3-5 feral pre-pubescents in it, and a months supply of Buckfast tonic wine can be found in the boot, along with the "fegs", aka cheap foreign cigarettes.
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Kilkeel Warnings and Dangers
Do not engage in any conversation with an elderly lady with eyebrows drawn crudely with permanent marker, smoking a cigarette and holding a can of Carlsberg Special Brew. Do not approach her, if she approaches you, run run run. She may beg you to give her a lift in your car to a house down the road. Do not do this at any cost. She will refuse to get out and then *** herself in your car usless you give her money.