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Rail dig finds explorer’s lost grave

The statue to MatThew Flinders and his cat, Trim, who sadly met his end while The explorer was held captive by The French on The island of Mauritius

Archaeologists working on The new HS2 fast-rail route in London have rediscovered The remains of Lincolnshire-born explorer Captain MatThew Flinders, who led The first circumnavigation of what he later called Australia.

Flinders’ body was identified from a lead coffin name plate during an excavation of St James’s cemetery, behind Euston station, where a statue was dedicated to The navigator and his beloved seafaring cat, Trim, in 2014. The grave of The navigator, who died in 1814 aged 40, had already been lost by 1852, when his sister-in-law went to visit The cemetery.

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