Category Archives: Lifesaving

St Mary's Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland commemorating Captain John McNeill Boyd RN and other men of the coastguard, lost in a lifesaving attempt in 1861

Location

St Mary's Church, Monkstown, County Dublin, Republic of Ireland

Transcript

'In memory of Captain John McNeill Boyd R.N.; John Curry, Able Seaman; Thomas Murray, Able Seaman; John Russell, ordinary seaman, James Johnson, ordinary seaman; Alexander Forsythe, ordinary seaman; who lost their lives on the outside of the east pier at Kingstown, in noble efforts to rescue the crew of the wrecked brig Neptune, during a fearful gale from the E.N.E. on the 9th February 1861. To commemorate the death of six brave sailors of H.M.S. Ajax this monument is raised. The providence of God ordained that they should die, not on board their ship defending their country, but as Christian men seeking to save their perishing brethren. They glorified God, whose waves went over them, by a death not unmeet for Christian Britain. Greater love hath no man than this that he lay down his life for his friends. John IV. 13. Erected by the Commodore Hastings R Yelverton, C.B. Controller-General of the Coast Guard, the officers and ship's company (including tenders) of H.M.S. Ajax and the officers and men of the Kingstown district Coast Guard.'

Details

Description: A broken mast on a rectangular plinth.
Type: Monument
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Ajax

People

Boyd, John McNeill
Age: 49
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Curry, John
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Forsythe, Alexander
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Johnson, James
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Murray, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Russell, John
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Captain Royal Navy, HMS 'Ajax', drowned in attempt to rescue crew of 'Neptune' during hurricane. Memorial also commemorates crew members lost at the same time who are buried in this cemetery.
Bibliography: 'Illustrated London News' (5 Oct 1861), p357.
Recorder: Christine Parkes, 5/3/1982

Loch Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man

Drinking fountain at Loch Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man commemorating David Kewley d. 1904, lifesaver

Location

Loch Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man

Details

Type: Drinking fountain

People

Kewley, David
Age: 54
Date of Death: 1904
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Mooring man
Organisation: Isle of Man Steam Packet Co

Extra

Notes: Saved 24 lives from drowning. Royal Humane Society Bronze Medal.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 134.

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

Memorial tile at Postman’s Park, City of London commemorating Edmund Emery d. 1874

Location

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

Transcript

'EDMUND EMERY OF / 272 KING'S ROAD CHELSEA/PASSENGER / LEAPT FROM A THAMES / STEAMBOAT TO RESCUE A / CHILD AND WAS DROWNED / JULY 31 1874'

Details

Description: Painted tile.
Type: Memorial tile
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Tile
Artists: William de Morgan, Ernest George

People

Emery, Edmund
Age:
Date of Death: 31/7/1874
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The tiles are set in a memorial loggia or cloister set up at his own expense by the painter and sculptor G. F. Watts in 1899.
Bibliography: Philip Ward-Jackson 'Public Sculpture of the City of London' (Liverpool, 2003)pp. 295-97

St Paulinus Church, Paul, Cornwall, England

Memorial in Paul, Cornwall dedicated to the crew of the lifeboat ‘Solomon Brown’ lost in 1981.

Location

St Paulinus Church, Paul, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'TO COMMEMORATE THE LOSS OF THE CREW / OF THE PENLEE LIFEBOAT SOLOMON BROWNE / ATTEMPTING TO SAVE THE CREW OF THE / UNION STARR OFF BOSCAWEN CLIFFS / 19 DECEMBER 1981 / COXSWAIN WILLIAM TREVELYAN RICHARDS / JAMES STEPHEN MADRON / NIGEL BROCKMAN / JOHN ROBERT BLEWETT / CHARLES THOMAS GREENHAUGH / KEVIN SMITH / BARRIE ROBERTSON TORRIE / GARY LEE WALLIS'

Details

Description: Bronze plaque on a granite plinth that supports a chalice within a lantern


Type: Memorial
Position: interior
Materials: granite, bronze
Vessel: Solomon Browne, Union Star

People

Blewitt, John Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Brockman, Nigel
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Greenhaugh, Charles James
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Madron, James Stephen
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Richards, William Trevelyan
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Smith, Kevin
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Torrie, Barrie Robertson
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Wallis, Gary Lee
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Church of the Holy Spirit, Rye Harbour, East Sussex, England

Statue and grave at Rye Harbour, East Sussex commemorating the crew of the lifeboat ‘Mary Stanford’ lost 1928

Location

Church of the Holy Spirit, Rye Harbour, East Sussex, England

Transcript

'WE HAVE DONE THAT WHICH WAS OUR DUTY TO DO', 'TO THE MEMORY OF / THE 17 BRAVE / MEN, THE CREW OF THE / MARY STANFORD LIFE / BOAT WHO PERISHED / IN A HEAVY GALE WHILE / GALLANTLY RESPONDING/TO THE CALL FOR HELP/FROM THE SS ALICE OF / RIGA ON THE MORNING OF / THE 15th NOVEMBER 1928' [On plaques round the grave] 'CHARLES SOUTHERDEN AGED 22 YEARS', 'LESLIE GEORGE CLARK AGED 24 YEARS', 'WILLIAM THOMAS ALBERT CLARK AGED 27 YEARS', 'WALTER IGGLESDEN AGED 38 YEARS', 'LEWIS ALEXANDER POPE AGED 21 YEARS', 'ROBERT HENRY POPE AGED 23 YEARS', 'CHAS FREDERICK DAVID POPE AGED 28 YEARS', ' JOSEPH STONHAM (2ND COXSWAIN) AGED 43 YEARS', 'HERBERT HEAD (COXSWAIN OF LIFEBOAT) AGED 47 YEARS', 'HENRY CUTTING (BOWMAN) AGED 39 YEARS', 'JOHN STANLEY HEAD AGED 17 YEARS', ' JAMES ALFRED HEAD AGED 19 YEARS', ' MORRISS DOWNEY AGED 23 YEARS', 'ARTHUR WILLIAM DOWNEY AGED 25 YEARS', 'ALBERT ERNEST SMITH AGED 44 YEARS', 'ALBERT ERNEST CUTTING AGED 26 YEARS', 'ROBERT REDVERS CUTTING AGED

Details

Description: Full-length statue of a lifeboatman.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1931
Vessel: Mary Stanford

People

Clark, Leslie George
Age: 24
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Clark, William Thomas Albert
Age: 27
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Cutting, Henry
Age: 39
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Cutting, Albert Ernest
Age: 26
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat
Organisation: RNLI
Cutting, Robert Redvers
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Downey, Morriss
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Downey, Arthur William
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Head, John Stanley
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
head, James Alfred
Age: 19
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Head, Herbert
Age: 47
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Igglesden, Walter
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Pope, Lewis Alexander
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Pope, Robert Henry
Age: 23
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Pope, Charles Frederick David
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Smith, Albert Ernest
Age: 44
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Southerden, Charles
Age: 22
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Stonham, Joseph
Age: 43
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Bibliography: Geoff Hutchinson 'The Mary Stanford Disaster' (Hastings, 1984) David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 103 (photograph).

Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Winchelsea, East Sussex, England

Window in  the Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Winchelsea dedicated to the crew of the lifeboat ‘Mary Stanford’ d. 1928

Location

Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Winchelsea, East Sussex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM AND LESLIE CLARK, CHARLES ROBERT AND ALEX POPE, WALTER IGGLESDEN, ALBERT SMITH, CHARLES SOUTHERDEN, HERBERT HEAD 1ST COX, JOSEPH STONHAM 2ND COX, JAMES AND JOHN HEAD, HENRY CUTTING BOWMAN, ROBERT AND ERNEST CUTTING, ARTHUR AND MORRIS DOWNEY THESE MEN OF RYE HARBOUR CREW OF THE LIFEBOAT MARY STANFORD HAVING CONFIRMED BY THE HABIT OF A NOBLE SERVICE THE COURAGE HANDED DOWN TO THEM BY THEIR FATHERS WERE QUICK TO HEAR THE CRY OF HUMANITY ABOVE THE ROARING OF THE SEA IN THE DARKNESS OF THEIR SUPREME HOUR THEY STAYED NOT TO WEIGH DOUBT OR DANGER BUT FREELY OFFERING THEIR PORTION IN THIS LIFE FOR THE RANSOM OF MEN WHOM THEY HAD NEVER KNOWN THEY WENT BOLDLY INTO THE LAST OF ALL THEIR STORMS THEIR NAMES ARE RECORDED IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED IN TRUST FOR ENGLAND THE MEMORY OF THEIR FAITHFULNESS AND LOVING KINDNESS'

Details

Description: Stained glass window of three lights depicting St Nicholas, St Augustine, Christ calming the storm. A family waiting on the shore beside a stormy sea below.
Type: Window
Artists: Douglas Strachan
Vessel: Mary Stanford

People

Clark, William
Age: 27
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Clark, Leslie
Age: 24
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cutting, Roberts
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cutting, Henry
Age: 39
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Bowman
Organisation:
Cutting, Albert
Age: 26
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Downey, Morriss
Age: 23
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Downey, Arthur
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Head, Herbert
Age: 47
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation:
Head, James
Age: 19
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Head, John
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Igglesden, Walter
Age: 38
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Charles
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Alex
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Robert
Age: 23
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Smith, Albert
Age: 44
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Southerden, Charles
Age: 22
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Stonham, Joseph
Age: 43
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Second coxswain
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Geoff Hutchinson 'The Mary Stanford Disaster' (Hastings, 1984).

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

Memorial at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk commemorating crew of the Lifeboat ‘Aldeburgh’, which capsized with the loss of seven crew members on 7th December 1899

Location

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

Transcript

'ON DECEMBER 7TH 1899, IN RESPONSE TO / SIGNALS OF DISTRESS A CREW OF 18 BRAVE / MEN MANNED A LIFEBOAT "ALDEBURGH" / WHICH WAS SPEADILY LAUNCHED IN THE TEETH OF / AN EASTERLY GALE AND A HEAVY ROLLING SEA / AT DUTY'S CALL TO RESCUE OTHERS; / WITH THEIR OWN LIVES IN THEIR HANDS, / THESE BRAVE MEN WENT AFLOAT WHEN ALAS! / THE BOAT CAPSIZING SEVEN OF THEM MET THEIR / END AND LIE BURIED HERE. / BY A LARGE FUND PROMPTLY RAISED TO PROVIDE / FOR THOSE THUS SUDDENLY BEREFT, AS WELL AS / BY THE MONUMENT, FELLOW TOWNSMEN AND / FELLOW COUNTRYMEN, NEAR AND FAR PAID TRIBUTE / TO AN EXAMPLE OF NOBLE SELF-FORGETFULNESS' [Individual crosses] 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / JOHN BUTCHER / AGED 52 / 'DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / CHARLES CRISP / AGED 51 / 'GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / THOMAS MORRIS / AGED 38 / ' I WILL TRUST AND NOT BE AFRAID', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / WALTER GEORGE WARD / AGED 37 / 'THY WILL BE DONE', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / HERBERT WILLIAM DOWNING / AGED 23 / 'IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / JAMES MILLER WARD / AGED 21 / 'THE LORD HATH NEED OF HIM', ''IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / ALLAN ARTHURS EASTER / AGED 26 / 'GOD IS LOVE'.

Details

Description: A cross on top of a large rock on which are carved, lifejackets, coiled rope, a lifebuoy and blocks. Seven individual marble crosses have leaded inscriptions to the casualties.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Marble
Artists: R. Andre
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: 23
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Easter, Allan Arthurs
Age: 26
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
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
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

Extra

Notes: Sighted 2008.