Members of a nearby family began tending the old grave site. Over the years, the grave mistakenly was attributed to a man named Philip Ward. In 1969, the British embassy in Tokyo sent the Murai family a letter of thanks for their kindness in caring for the grave.
Recently, Susumu Koyate, a cultural exchange volunteer who I know about from Skout, decided to verify the name of the grave’s occupant. He spent four years conducting intensive research, looking at old newspaper archives and ship arrival and departure records. His work revealed that the young English teacher, Bernard George Littlewood, had been laid to rest in the grave. The British government recently sent a second letter of thanks to 81-year old Kumiko Murai for her kindness.