Category Archives: Lifesaving

St John's Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool, England

Memorial at St John’s Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool commemorating John Brown d. 1854

Location

St John's Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'John Brown who lost his life in the Lifeboat in the gale on 18th. February 1854 aged 47'

Details

People

Brown, John
Age: 47
Date of Death: 18/2/1854
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:

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Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Offife compiled James Gibson d.1886, vol.1, p. 666. Church demolished in 1898.
Recorder: Captain J P Brand, Friends of Merseyside Maritime Museum

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Memorial at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk commemorating the crew of the ‘Aldeburgh’ who lost their lives when the lifeboat capsized on 7th December 1899.

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Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'A: GREATER . LOVE . HATH . NO . MAN . THAN . THIS . THAT . A . MAN . LAY . DOWN . HIS . LIFE / THIS . TABLET . IS . ERECTED . BY . THEIR . TOWNSMEN . / AND . WOMEN . IN . PROUD . AND . GRATEFUL . MEMORY . OF / JNO BUTCHER . AGED . 52 . YEARS . WALR. WARD . AGED 33 . YEARS / CHAS CRISP . AGED 51 YEARS . YEARS . ALLN A. EASTER . AGED . 28 . YEARS / THOS MORRIS . AGED . 36 . YEARS . H.W. DOWNING . AGED . 23 . YEARS / JAS M . WARD . AGED 21 . YEARS / WHO . LOST . THEIR . LIVES . BY . THE . CAPSIZING . OF / THE . LIFEBOAT "ALDEBURGH" . DEC . 7TH . 1899. / "THY WAY IS IN THE SEA, AND THY PATHS IN THE GREAT / WATERS, AND THY FOOTSTEPS ARE NOT KNOWN'

Details

Description: Nowy-headed, cartouche-shaped panel in hammered copper on a green marble base. An oval relief of the lifeboat, between two foul anchors above the main part of the inscription.
Type: Wall plaque
Position: West wall Nave
Materials: Copper, green marble
Vessel: Aldeburgh

People

Butcher, John
Age: 52
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Crisp, Charles
Age: 51
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Downing, Herbert William
Age: 21
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Easter, Allan Arthur
Age: 28
Date of Death: 24/3/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Morris, Thomas
Age: 36
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Ward, Walter George
Age: 33
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Ward, James Miller
Age: 21
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

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Notes: The lifeboat was launched in an easterly gale on December 7th 1899 in response to distress signals from the Shipwash Lightship. The boat capsized off the south end of the town and was driven onto the beach upside down. Twelve of the 18 crew, extricated themselves and swam ashore but six were trapped under the boat. James Miller Ward was pulled out from under the bows, just alive, but could not be revived. The 'Times' reported that a 'number of women distinguished themselves in the rescue of the men saved.' Allan Arthur Easter died later, on March 24 1900 as a result of his injuries.
Bibliography: 'Aldeburgh Church Monthly' Sept. 1900. 'The Times' 8 Dec 1899 p. 9 and 9 Dec p.8.

St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Memorial at St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland commemorating Captain John McNeill Boyd RN,  d. 1861

Location

St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'Erected by the citizans of Dublin to the memory of John McNeill Boyd RN, Captain HMS Ajax. Born at Londonderry 1812 and lost off the rocks at Kingstown February 9th 1861, in attempting to save the crew of the Brig Neptune' [on base] ' Safe from the rocks whence swept thy manly form, / Born with a public pomp by just decree, / Heroic sailor! from that fatal sea / A city vows this marble unto thee, / And here in this calm place where din / of earth's great waterfloods shall enter in, / When to our human hearts, two thoughts are given, / one - Christ's self-sacrifice; the other - Heaven, / Here it is meet for grief and love to 'grave, / The Christ-taught bravery that died to save / The life not lost, but found beneath the wave', 'All thy billows and thy waves passed over me, yet will I look again toward Thy Holy Temple.'

Details

Description: Shows Boyd about to throw a rope.
Type: Statue
Position: North Aisle
Materials: Marble
Date Erected: 28/7/1864
Artists: Thomas Farrell
Vessel: HMS Ajax, Neptune

People

Boyd, John McNeill
Age: 49
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Commander of the Dublin district of the Irish Coastguard. Boyd and about 60 of the crew of the guardship 'Ajax' were attempting to rescue men from the collier 'Neptune', which had been wrecked in a severe gale. Boyd and five others were swept off their feet by a large wave and drowned. A further memorial commemorating the same incident is on the pier at Dun Laoghaire. There is another in St Columb's Cathedral, Londonderry, Northern Ireland. The verse was written by Dr William Alexander (1824-1911), Archbishop of Armagh.
Bibliography: Homan Potterton 'Irish Church Monuments 1570-1880, (Ulster Architectural Heritage Society); Victor Jackson 'The monuments in St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin' (Dublin, 1987); 'Irish Times' 30 July 1864.

Calf Sound, Isle of Man

Cross at Calf Sound, Isle of Man commemorating the rescue of the crew of ‘Jeune St Charles’ in 1858

Location

Calf Sound, Isle of Man

Transcript

'THE THOUSLA CROSS / TO COMMEMORATE AN ACT OF HEROISM / BY MEN OF THIS PARISH / IN THEIR RESCUE OF THE CREW OF THE / FRENCH SCHOONER 'JEUNE ST CHARLES' / IN 1858'

Details

Description: A wooden Cross of Lorraine which formerly stood on the Thousla rock as part of a warning beacon.
Type: Cross
Materials: Wood
Vessel: Jeune St Charles

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Larpool cemetery, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Memorial at Larpool cemetery, Whitby commemorating lifeboat coxswain Harry Freeman d. 1904

Location

Larpool cemetery, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'HENRY FREEMAN / DIED 13TH DECEMBER 1904 / AGED 69 YEARS. / ONLY SURVIVOR OF THE / WHITBY LIFEBOAT DISASTER / 0F 1861. / COXSWAIN OF THE WHITBY LIFEBOAT / 1877 * 1899 / DURING HIS SERVICE HE HELPED TO SAVE / OVER THREE HUNDRED LIVES.'

Details

Description: A Yorkshire coble incised above the inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: granite
Date Erected: 1986

People

Freeman, Henry
Age: 69
Date of Death: 13/12/1904
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain; fisherman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: Erected with funds raised by the pupils of Whitby school. It does not record Freeman's two wives buried in the same grave.
Bibliography: Ian Minter and Ray Shill 'Storm Warrior: The Turbulent life of Harry Freeman' (Sutton Coldfield, 1991,)p. 222.

All Saint's Church, Hilgay, Norfolk, England

Wall tablet in All Saint’s Church, Hilgay, Norfolk commemorating George William Manby d. 1854 inventor of the Manby Mortar

Location

All Saint's Church, Hilgay, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'IN THE CHURCHYARD NEAR THIS SPOT / REST THE BONES OF / GEORGE WILLIAM MANBY CAPT - F.R.S. / A NAME TO BE REMEMBERED AS LONG AS THERE CAN BE / A STRANDED SHIP / HE DIED NOVR 18, 1854, / AGED 88 YEARS. / OUT OF HIS EIGHT BROTHERS AND SISTERS. / THE LARGE MARBLE STONE ALSO RECORDED THE DEATHS / OF MARY JANE AUGUST 3RD 1772 AGED 10 YEARS. / JOHN MAY 20TH 1783 AGED 11 / AND OF TWO INFANTS. / The public should have paid this tribute'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Date Erected: 1863

People

Manby, George William
Age: 88
Date of Death: 18/11/1854
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Inventor
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Inventor of the Manby Mortar, for getting a line from the shore to vessels in difficulty, and the fire extinguisher.

Bibliography: William Barr 'Harpoon guns, the lost Greenland settlement and penal colonies: George Manby's Arctic obsessions', 'Polar Record' vol. 37, pp. 291-314.

Appledore, Devon, England

Memorial in Appledore, Devon commemorating David Johns d. 1868

Location

Appledore, Devon, England

Transcript

'IN REMEMBRANCE / OF / DAVID JOHNS / COMMISSION / BOATMAN, COAST GUARD, / DROWNED IN BIDEFORD BAY, / WHILST NOBLY ASSISTING / TO SAVE THE CREW OF / THE LEOPARD, / 28 DEC, 1868 / AGED 36 YEARS / ELDEST SON OF DAVID AND GRACE / JOHNS OF MILFORD HAVEN'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Materials: Slate
Vessel: Leopard

People

Johns, David
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1868
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Boatman
Organisation: HM Coastguard

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Cemetery, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Monument dedicated to those lost when the lifeboat ‘James Stevens’ capsized in 1900.

Location

Cemetery, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Details

Type: Monument
Materials: Granite
Vessel: James Stevens, Peace & Plenty

People

Bate, John
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
East, Sidney
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: RNLI
Grubb, David
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Grubb, James
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
Kane, Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
Martin, John
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: RNLI
Old, James
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation: RNLI
Stephens, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: The lifeboat 'James Stevens' capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the 'Peace & Plenty'of Lowestoft.
Bibliography: Sheila Bird 'Mayday: preserving life from shipwreck off Cornwall'(Bradford, 1991)

St German's Church, Rame, Cornwall, England

Memorial in Rame, Cornwall dedicated to S. F. Hall d. 1915

Location

St German's Church, Rame, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'Chief Petty Officer S F Hall 147893 HM Coast Guard Died 11 April 1915 aged 42'

Details

People

Hall, S. F.
Age: 42
Date of Death: 11/4/1915
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Chief Petty Officer RN
Organisation: Coastguard

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Cemetery, Margate, Kent, England

Memorial in Margate Cemetery, Kent commemorating the nine crew of the Margate Surfboat ‘Friend to All Nations’ who died when she capsized 2nd December 1897

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Location

Cemetery, Margate, Kent, England

Transcript

‘IN / MEMORY / OF / NINE HEROIC MEN / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BY THE / CAPSIZING OF THE / MARGATE SURF BOAT / FRIEND TO ALL NATIONS / IN ATTEMPTING / TO ASSIST A VESSEL IN DISTRESS AT SEA / 2ND DEC. 1897' [on lifebelt] 'MARGATE SURF BOAT'.

Details

Description: In form of a rock. A smoothed area bears the inscription beside which is carved a mourning woman in contemporary dress holding a wreath. At the top of the rock is a life belt, anchor and tangled ropes.
Type: Monument
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Friend to All Nations

People

Brockman, Henry Richard
Age: 50
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cook, William
Age: 54
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:
Cook, William
Age: 28
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cook, Robert
Age: 26
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Crunden, Edward
Age: 31
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Dike, John
Age: 41
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Gill, William
Age: 35
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Ladd, George
Age: 38
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Troughton, Charles
Age: 40
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:

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Notes: Paid for by national disaster fund sponsored by the 'Daily Telegraph’

Also Memorial Statue on Margate Sea front, see M4988