Category Archives: Lifesaving

St Matthew's Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Memorial in St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire dedicated to  Captain John Boyd RN d. 1861

Location

St Matthew's Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Transcript

'Captain John McNeill BOYD of H.M.S. Ajax, who with five of his brave sailors, perished at KINGSTOWN Ireland in a gallant attempt to rescue from destruction the crews of two vessels driven on the rocks by the Hurricane of the 9th February 1861. To record this heroic act of self sacrifice as well as that rare union of qualities that endeared the warm friend, the manly christian, the intrepid sailor and the considerate commander to all who knew him. This monument is erected by thirty members of the congregation of this church in which his brother ministered for eighteen years'

Details

Vessel: HMS Ajax

People

Boyd, John McNeill
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Captain Royal Navy, HMS 'Ajax', drowned in attempt to rescue crew of 'Neptune' during hurricane.
Recorder: William Donnan, 27/10/1970

St Botolph's Church, Postman's Park, London, England

Memorial in Postman’s Park, London commemorating Ernest Benning d. 1883

Location

St Botolph's Church, Postman's Park, London, England

Transcript

'ERNEST BENNING / COMPOSITOR. AGED 22 / UPSET FROM A BOAT ONE DARK / NIGHT OFF PIMLICO PIER / GRASPED AN OAR WITH ONE HAND / SUPPORTED A WOMAN WITH THE / OTHER BUT SANK AS SHE WAS / RESCUED AUG. 25. 1883'

Details

Description: Painted tile on a wall under a lean-to.
Type: Memorial tile
Position: Churchyard
Artists: William de Morgan, Ernest george

People

Benning, Ernest
Age: 22
Date of Death: 25/8/1883
Cause of Death: Maritime Accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: A memorial cloister or loggia set up at the expense of the sculptor and painter G. F. Watts in 1899.
Bibliography: Philip Ward-Jackson 'Public Sculpture of the City of London' (Liverpool, 2003). pp.295-98.

Trinity Road Cemetery, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England

Gravestone in Trinity Road Cemetery, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire commemorating Charles Barr d. 1893

Location

Trinity Road Cemetery, Cleethorpes, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of Charles Risdale Barr who lost his life whilst slowing to take the lifeboat to the rescue of others 18 Apr 1893 aged 43 years. Also George Speight Barr son of the above drowned 9 Feb 1899 aged 22 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone

People

Barr, Charles Risdale
Age: 43
Date of Death: 18/4/1893
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Barr, George Speight
Age:
Date of Death:
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: C.Q. Flintham

Holy Trinity Church, Castle Macadam, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

Memorial in Castle Macadam, Republic of Ireland dedicated to Thomas Belton. d. 1908

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Castle Macadam, County Wicklow, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

[Front] 'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN JAMES THOMAS BELTON / S.S. CITY OF DUNDEE / BY WHOSE DEVOTED GALLANTRY ALL THE / PASSENGERS WERE SAVED, WHEN, DURING / A FOG, THE VESSEL WAS RUN INTO & SUNK / IN THE BAY OF CARDIGAN / EARLY ON THE MORNING OF 4TH OCT. 1908 / 'WHEN THOU PASSEST THROUGH THE / WATERS, I WILL BE WITH THEE''

[Back] 'THE REMAINS WERE WASHED ASHORE / AT ENNEREILLY / AND HERE BY LOVING HANDS / LAID TO REST ON HALLOW EVE / HIS NAME IS ONE OF THE FIRST INSCRIBED / ON THE / CARNEGIE TRUST ROLL OF HEROES / BORN AT HULL 20TH NOV. 1863'

[Right panel] 'THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED / BY HIS BROTHER CAPTAINS, / OFFICERS AND FRIENDS / TO COMMERATE / THE HEROIC DEED OF A BRAVE / AND NOBLE ENGLISH SAILOR'

[Left panel] 'TWO OF HIS OFFICERS, BOTH IRISHMEN, / PATRICK HENRY LEBAN, AGED 45 YEARS / SECOND OFFICER / AND / THOMAS BURKE, AGED 47 YEARS / QUARTER MASTER / SHARED THE SAME GLORIOUS END, / GOING DOWN WITH THE SHIP'

Details

Description: Plinth surmounted by cross with anchor and chain twined round.
Type: Memorial; Cross
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: SS City of Dundee

People

Belton, James Thomas
Age: 42
Date of Death: 4/10/1908
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation:
Burke, Thomas
Age: 47
Date of Death: 4/10/1908
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Quartermaster
Organisation:
Leban, Patrick Henry
Age: 45
Date of Death: 4/10/1908
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Officer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER.

St Peter's Church, Soberton, Hampshire, England

Memorial in St Peter’s Church, Soberton, Hampshire, commemorating Captain James Bashford RN d. 1832

Location

St Peter's Church, Soberton, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'Near this spot lies the remains of / James Bashford Esq. Post Captain R.N. / Sole issue of Lieut. James Bashford R.N. / Entering the Navy in 1793 he was continuously employed on / active service during the wars between that date and 1815. / He unassisted, at great risk, saved the lives of eight sailors / at the conflagration of the Boyne at Spithead, and on another / occasion received the thanks of the Royal Humane Society for / rescuing four men from a cutter belonging to the Venerable. / In 1805 he was appointed to the Royal Sovereign Flagship / of Lord Collingwood, and at the battle of Trafalgar was severely wounded. After a series of distinguished services / in the Mediterranean in Dutch and Danish waters he was made / Commander in recognition of a special act of bravery (badly / wounded) against the Russians in the Gulf of Finland. / He was born at Portsmouth December 7th 1778. / Married 1811 Sophia, daughter of / William Charles Lake Esq. / of Castle Godwyn, Gloucestershire, / who predeceased him in 1822. / He died at Soberton, November 26th 1832 / leaving issue of three sons and four daughters'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: North aisle
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Boyne

Event

Battle of Trafalgar

Event Date

1805

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Bashford, James
Age: 54
Date of Death: 26/11/1832
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Trafalgar roll cites death as occurring in 1816.
Recorder: NADFAS.

St Mary's Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Gravestone at St Mary’s Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, commemorating Hezekiah John Cook d. 1900

Location

St Mary's Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Hezekiah John Cook / the beloved son of / David and Sarah Cook / who was unfortunately drowned / going to the rescue of the crew of the / Schooner Saxon Maid of Fleetwood / on the Gunfleet Sands / July 5th 1900 / aged 19 years / Soft the winds that blow from the homeland / Sweet the morn that breaks on the shore / Soon we'll meet again our beloved ones / Where sorrow, pain and death come no more'

Details

Description: Anchor and chain on rocks.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Saxon Maid

People

Cook, Hezekiah John
Age: 19
Date of Death: 5/7/1900
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Location

Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of this brave and noble man ROBERT WILLIAM HOOK died June 28th 1911 aged 83, thirty years coxswain of the Lowestoft lifeboats, husband of SARAH ANN HOOK. Also of Sarah Ann Hook wife of William died Jan 18th 1918 aged 79'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Plot 30

People

Hook, Robert William
Age: 83
Date of Death: 28/6/1911
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:

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Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, Essex, England

Memorial at Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, commemorating  Charles Hasell Newell HEIC d. 1815

Location

Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, Essex, England

Transcript

'Captain Charles Hasell Newell, of the 'ALEXANDER' East Indiaman, aged 34. He lost his life in his brave and humane exertions to save the ship Bengal, destroyed by fire off Point de Galle Jany 16th 1815'

Details

Vessel: HEIC Alexander, Bengal

People

Newell, Charles Hasell
Age:
Date of Death: 16/1/1815
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master HEIC
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Memorial at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island commemorating Matthew Newton Kyle d. 1903

Location

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Transcript

'Matthew Newton Kyle died 23rd August 1903 aged 69 years. He was for 33 years Coxswain of the Holy Island Lifeboat. George Kyle, born 14 October 1844, died 28 January 1912. Second Coxswain of Holy Island Lifeboat, 1876-97 and Coxswain Superintendant 1897-1911'

Details

People

Kyle, Matthew Newton
Age: 69
Date of Death: 23/8/1903
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:
Kyle, George
Age:
Date of Death: 28/1/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:

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St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England

Gravestone at St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, Kent, commemorating Lionel Lukin d. 1834

Location

St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England

Transcript

'IN THIS GRAVE IS INTERRED / the Body of LIONEL LUKIN born / Dunmow in Essex the 18th of May 1742- / 1767 he became a member of the Coach / Maker's Company of London and after / 60 Years of Various Sucess [sic] in that Busi / ness Settled at Hythe in 1824 with the / humble Hope that the same divine Pro / vidence which had been his Guide and / Protector during a long and Chequered / Life would permit him to Conclude it in / ease and Tranquillity, and finally remove / him to a better and Eternal inheritance / Through the merits and Intercession of / Christ Jesus our Redeemer died the / 16th of February 1834' [Back] 'THIS LIONEL LUKIN / WAS THE FIRST WHO BUILT / A LIFE-BOAT / AND WAS THE ORIGINAL INVENTOR OF THAT / PRINCIPLE OF SAFETY / BY WHICH MANY LIVES AND MUCH PROPERTY / HAVE BEEN PRESERVED FROM SHIPWRECK; / AND HE OBTAINED FOR IT THE KING'S PATENT / IN THE YEAR / 1785'

Details

Description: Head stone and footstone with shaped stone cover over the grave. Coat of arms over inscription and motto 'MEDIOCRIA FERVIA'.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone

People

Lukin, Lionel
Age: 92
Date of Death: 16/2/1834
Cause of Death: Unknown / None
Rank / Occupation: Inventor
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: A stained glass window in memory of Lukin erected in the church on 3rd October 1897 through the efforts of Mr Hall the vicar of Hythe.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 64. F.M. Holmes 'The Lifeboat, its history and heroes' (London, 1900)