Valiant life-saver who died trying to save his friend
Died: 7th August, 1900
Laid to rest: Gunwalloe churchyard, The Lizard
Mr Albert Dexter, age 31, from Loughborough, was visiting Corwall on holiday with friends when he was tragically drowned while attempting to save the life of his friend Mr Sydney Wykes.
Albert Dexter was a partner in the firm of Solicitors Burgess and Dexter, based in the East Midlands, and was holidaying at Mullion when a morning swim in Poldu Cove became the scene of tragedy.
Contemporary newspaper reports describe how two of Mr Dexter's friends were swimming and got in to difficulties with strong currents. Albert Dexter, an exceptionally strong swimmer, was able to bring one of them, Mr Webb, back to shore. Albert then went out in to the water again to help the second man.
Perhaps tired by the earlier exertion, has wasn't able to help, and tragically died in the attempt. Albert is buried at Gunwalloe church, alongside the friend he was trying to save, Mr Sydney Wykes.
There is a plaque at a small building on the beach of Poldu Beach Cafe - now the Poldu Cove Cafe - commemorating the untimely death of these two men, and they are both laid to rest in the beautiful Gunwalloe churchyard, under 1 km away from here to the northwest.
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