Category Archives: Lifesaving

St Matthew's Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, England

Memorial in St Matthew’s Church, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire dedicated to John Boyd. 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

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Notes: Captain Royal Navy, HMS 'Ajax', drowned in attempt to rescue crew of 'Neptune' during hurricane.

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:

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Notes: DOSSIER.

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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St Akeveranus's Church, St Keverne, Cornwall, England

Plaque in St Keverne, Cornwall dedicated to James Hill d. 1919

Location

St Akeveranus's Church, St Keverne, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'In memory of James Hill for 30 years coxswain of Porthoustock Lifeboat who died 23 March 1919 aged 84 years'

Details

Type: Plaque

People

Hill, James
Age: 84
Date of Death: 23/3/1919
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:

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St Lawrence's Church, Morden, London, England

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St Lawrence's Church, Morden, London, England

Transcript

'HOMEWARD BOUND/IN LOVING MEMORY OF/AUGUSTUS WILLIAM LOUIS/SCHERMULY/INVENTOR OF THE PISTOL ROCKET LIFESAVING APPARATUS/WHO ENTERED INTO REST JANUARY 20TH 1929/AGED 71 YEARS/AND HIS SON WILLIAM LOUIS/WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION AT SALONIKA/APRIL 8TH 1917/AGED 32 YEARS/AND SUSAN WIFE OF/AUGUSTUS WILLIAM/ SCHERMULY/WHO ENTERED INTO REST 30 MAY 1949/AGED 86 YEARS/ALSO THEIR DAUGHTER ROSE SPARKES/WHO DIED 6TH MAY 1966/AGED 80 YEARS/AGED 80 YEARS/ALSO THEIR GRAND-DAUGHTER ROSE MAY BANKS/WHO DIED 26TH MAY 1972'

Details

Description: Carved in relief above the inscription with a ship in full sail within a rope twist border. Lead letters.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Limestone

People

Schermuly, Augustus William
Age: 71
Date of Death: 20/1/1929
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Inventor
Organisation:

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St Hilda's Church, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Gravestone to William Wouldhave d. 1821, South Shields.

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Location

St Hilda's Church, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / WILLIAM WOULDHAVE, / WHO DIED SEPTEMBER 28TH, 1821, AGED 70 YEARS / Clerk of this Church and Inventor of the Invaluable Blessing to Mankind / THE LIFEBOAT. / Heaven genius scientific gave / Surpassing vulgar boast, yet he from soil / So rich, no golden harvest reap'd – no wreath / Of laurel glean'd. None but the sailor's heart, / Nor that ingrate of palm unfading this, / Til shipwrecks cease or life-boats cease to save / Hannah Wouldhave / wife of the above / who died March 28th 1824 / aged 78 years'

Details

Description: Carved with a lifeboat. Granite copy in the churchyard.
Type: Gravestone
Position: End of nave
Materials: Sandstone

People

Wouldhave, William
Age: 70
Date of Death: 28/9/1821
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Inventor
Organisation:

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Notes: Also commemorated by clock tower on seafront.
Bibliography: John Gilmore 'Storm Warriors, life boat work on the Goodwin Sands' (London, 1874) p. 26; F.M. Holmes 'The lifeboat: its History and Heroes' (London, 1900) p. 21.

St James Church, Christow, Devon, England

Monument in Christow, Devon, dedicated to Admiral Sir Edward Pellew d. 1833

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Location

St James Church, Christow, Devon, England

Transcript

'IN A VAULT BENEATH REPOSE THE REMAINS OF / THE RIGHT HONBLE EDWARD PELLEW, VISCOUNT AND BARON EXMOUTH/ OF CANONTEIGN, A BARONET AND LL.D., VICE-ADMIRAL OF THE UNITED KINGDOM / AND ADMIRAL OF THE RED SQUADRON OF HIS MAJESTY'S FLEET / KNIGHT GRAND CROSS OF THE MOST HONBLE MILITARY ORDER OF THE BATH / ALSO OF THE ROYAL AND DISTINGUISHED ORDER OF CHARLES THE THIRD OF SPAIN / OF THE MILITARY ORDER OF ST MAURICE AND ST LAZARE OF SARDINIA AND / HIGH STEWARD OF GREAT YARMOUTH, AND ONE OF / THE ELDER BRETHEREN OF THE HONBLE CORPORATION OF TRINITY HOUSE./ HIS EMINENT PUBLIC SERVICES ARE RECORDED IN THE ANNALS / AND LIVE IN THE MEMORY OF A GRATEFUL COUNTRY. / THIS PRIVATE AND MORE HUMBLE MONUMENT RECORDS HIS CHRISTIAN VIRTUES; / HIS ACTIVE BENEVOLENCE WHICH OFTEN RISKED HIS LIFE TO / RESCUE FELLOW CREATURES FROM THE DEEP, AND TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF / CHRISTIAN BRETHREN MOURNING IN HELPLESS CAPTIVITY, IN A HEATHEN LAND. / ALL HUMAN GLORY CEASES IN THE GRAVE, BUT FAR DEARER IS THE MEMORY OF / THAT DEVOUT FAITH, WHICH LED HIM IN DEEP HUMILITY TO THE CROSS OF CHRIST, / AND THE STAR THAT GUIDED HIM TO HIS DESIRED HAVEN, / AND THE ANCHOR OF HIS HOPE WHEN ON THE DEATH-BED OF THE JUST, / HE YIELDED UP HIS SOUL TO HIS REDEEMER. / HE DEPARTED IN PEACE ON THE 23RD OF JANUARY / IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1833, AND IN THE 76TH YEAR OF HIS AGE. / THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY HIS GRATEFUL AND AFFECTIONATE FAMILY / TO THE MEMORY OF THE BEST OF HUSBANDS AND PARENTS.' [Slab below] 'I / While o'er the reeling wreck the savage storm / Poured all its lightnings, thunders, blasts and hail, / And ever horror in its wildest form / Smote the firm heart, that never knew to fail; / II / Twas thine, Pellew, sublimely great and good; / For man, thy brother man, distress'd, to dare / The dreadful passage of the raging flood, / And join the frantic children of despair. / III / There, it was thine, in comfort's balmy tone, / To sooth their sorrows 'mid the tempests roar, / To hush the mother's shriek, the sick man's groan / And bear the sufferers, trembling to the shore. / IV / So, when this mighty orb, in dread alarm, / Shall crash in ruins, at its God's decree; / May thy Redeemer, with triumphant arm, /From the vast wreck of all things, rescue thee'

Details

Description: Sarcophagus-shaped inscription tablet on feet, flanked by pillars, a draped urn above. At the top a trophy of arms and Pellew crest within garter belt inscribed 'Tria juncta in uno' surmounted by a viscount's coronet, 'Algiers' below.

Monument dedicated to Admiral Sir Edward Pellew
Type: Monument
Position: North wall of chancel
Materials: Marble
Artists: Gaffin
Vessel: HMS Queen Charlotte,

Event

Bombardment of Algiers,

Event Date

1816

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Africa

People

Pellew, Edward
Age: 76
Date of Death: 23/1/1833
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Red
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Notes: The bombardment of Algiers was an Anglo-Dutch operation commanded by Admiral Pellew. It was a decisive victory and resulted in the liberation of over 3000 slaves.
Bibliography: Dwelly's Parish Records Vol VI, Devon MI pp. 173-175.

Christopher D. Hall, ‘Pellew, Edward, first Viscount Exmouth (1757–1833)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004; online edn, May 2009 [http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/21808, accessed 7 June 2017]

Church of St Maunanus and St Stephen, Mawnan, Cornwall, England

Memorial in Mawnan, Cornwall dedicated to James Stone d. 1862

Location

Church of St Maunanus and St Stephen, Mawnan, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'STONE, James, Chief Officer Coastguard Died 23rd Dec. 1862 aged 52'

Details

Position: Churchyard

People

Stone, James
Age: 52
Date of Death: 23/12/1862
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Coastguard
Organisation: HM Coastguard

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Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, England

Memorial commemorating the lifeboats: ‘Edith and Annie’, ‘Eliza Fernley’, ‘Mary Anna’, ‘Rescue’ and ‘Jessie Knowles’.

Location

Promenade, Southport, Merseyside, England

Transcript

'This monument was erected June 28 1888 when a large lifeboat of new and improved principle, (presented by the Misses Macrae), and named 'EDITH and ANNIE' was placed upon this station. This day was observed as a public holiday, in celebration of the majority of the Corporation of this Borough, and the Jubilee of her Majesty Queen Victoria. Wm. Robinson, Coxswain', 'The 'ELIZA FERNLEY' presented by John Fernley, Esq., of Birkdale, 1874, saved the crews of 9 vessels, numbering 52 lives. This lifeboat was capsized in a gale Dec 9-10, 1886, when 14 of the heroic crew were drowned. She was replaced by the 'MARY ANNA', 1886. J.A. Robinson Hon. Treas. G.A. Pilkington Hon. Sec. Charles Hodge Coxswain', 'The 'RESCUE' built by Public Subscription 1840, saved the crews of 20 vessels, numbering 175 lives: besides which 15 ships with their crews were assisted to different ports. The 'JESSIE KNOWLES' presented by James Knowles, Esquire, of Bolton, 1861, saved the crews of 9 vessels, numbering 75 lives. Admiral Barton, Hon. Sec. Wm. Rockcliff Coxswain 32 years'

Details

Description: Carving of a foul anchor on the end, a broken mast on top.


Type: Memorial
Materials: Granite, three bronze tablets
Vessel: Edith and Annie, Eliza Fernley, Mary Anna, Rescue, Jessie Knowles'

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Notes: 'Eliza Fernley' capsized in going to rescue the crew of the German barque 'Mexico'.
Bibliography: J.C. Dibden and John Ayling 'The Book of the Lifeboat' (Edinburgh and London, 1894) p. 48.

Cathedral, Rochester, Kent, England

Memorial at Rochester Cathedral to Commander Henry Lushington Comyn Robinson RN d. 1872

Location

Cathedral, Rochester, Kent, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / HENRY LUSHINGTON COMYN ROBINSON, / COMMANDER ROYAL NAVY, /S ON OF REV. THOMAS ROBINSON D.D. / CANON OF THIS CATHEDRAL. / CADET IN H.M.S. ALARM AT NICARAGUA 1847. HE WAS THANKED/BY 1ST SEA LORD, ADMIRAL SIR GEORGE COCKBURN G.C.B. / FOR SAVING LIFE FROM WRECK. / AS SENIOR MATE OF H.M.S. AJAX, COMMANDED A FIELD-PIECE / AT THE DESTRUCTION OF THE FORTS AT BOMARSUND: / WAS MENTIONED IN FRENCH AND ENGLISH DESPATCHES, / AND ESPECIALLY PROMOTED 1854, / LIEUTENANT OF H.M.S. MALACCA, WAS LANDED IN THE TRENCHES / BEFORE SEBASTOPOL, 1854-55. / SERVED IN H.M.S. ESK, IN NEW ZEALAND WAR, 1864-66. / AFTER 4 YEARS CONTINUOUS SERVICE, / HE WAS APPOINTED TO H.M.S. ABOUKIR, JAMAICA, AUGUST 1871, / THOUGH SUFFERING HE JOINED HIS SHIP, / BUT IN TWO MONTHS WAS INVALIDED, / AND DIED AUGUST 16. 1872, AGED 40 YEARS. / BRAVE-GENEROUS-AFFECTIONATE / EVEN UNTO DEATH / LOYAL TO DUTY. / THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS WIDOW, / CHRISTINA, DAUGHTER OF THOMAS THOMPSON ESQ. / CAPTAIN ROYAL NAVY'

Details

Description: Inscription tablet in form of a scroll, facsimile medals above, a sword below.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Nave
Materials: Marble
Artists: J. Bedford

Event

New Zealand War

Event Date

1860-1866

Event Category

19th century conflicts in the Pacific

People

Robinson, Henry Lushington Comyn
Age: 40
Date of Death: 16/8/1872
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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