Category Archives: Lifesaving

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile at All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, commemorating Fred Wheeler d. 1951

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Fred Wheeler 42 drowned in Buncrana Harbour attempting to save one of his crew 26 Oct 1951'

Details

Type: Memorial tile

People

Wheeler, Fred
Age: 42
Date of Death: 26/10/1951
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

St James's Church, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England

Wall tablet in St James’s Church, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, commemorating Charles Edward Rushworth d. 1877

Location

St James's Church, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'In . Memory . of / . EDWARD . EVERARD . RUSHWORTH . / D.A.V. A.M.G. / . LIEUT . GOVERNOR . OF . JAMAICA . / . ELDEST . SON . OF . / . CHARLES . POWLETT AND MARY . ELIZABETH . RUSHWORTH . / . OF . FARRINGFORD . FRESHWATER . / . BORN . AUGST . 23RD . 1818: / . DIED . AUGST . 10TH . 1877 . AT . SHORTWOOD . JAMAICA . / . AND . AMELIA . ADELAIDE . HIS . WIFE . / . DAUGHTER . OF . HORATIO . NELSON . DE LESDERNIERS . ESQR . / : OF VAUDREUIL: LOWER . CANADA . / . DIED . AUGST . 20TH . 1867: / . THIS . TABLET . IS . ERECTED . BY . THEIR . DAUGHTER . / . ROSAMOND . LINDA . / . WIFE . OF . REVD. CECIL .EVAN . SMITH . RECTOR . OF . TITSEY: SURREY . / ALSO IN MEMORY OF HER BROTHER / . CHARLES . EDWARD . RUSHWORTH . / . MIDSHIPMAN . H.M.S. AGINCOURT . / . BORN . AUGST . 6TH . 1859 . / . ACCIDENTALLY . DROWNED . IN . BESIKA . BAY . DEC.21ST . 1877 . / . WHILE . SAVING . THE . LIFE . OF . A . MEMBER . OF . THE . CREW .'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel, south wall
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Agincourt

People

Rushworth, Charles Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 21/12/1877
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER.

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 Nicholas Church, New Romney, Kent, England

Memorial at St Nicholas Church, New Romney, Kent commemorating lifeboatmen William Ryan and Samuel Hart d. 1891

Location

St Nicholas Church, New Romney, Kent, England

Transcript

'IN SACRED MEMORY OF WILLIAM RYAN Boatman, SAMUEL HART Boatman of St Mary's Coastguard Station who perished through capsizing of the lifeboat on the night of the 9th March 1891 in a gallant attempt to save life'

Details

Type: Plaque

People

Hart, Samuel
Age:
Date of Death: 9/3/1891
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Ryan, William
Age:
Date of Death: 9/3/1891
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Notes: Found in a New Romney Dyke, this plaque was later replaced on the graves of the men, buried in New Romney churchyard.
Bibliography: William Webb 'Coastguard: an official history of HM Coastguard' (London, 1976) p. 70.

St Lawrence's Church, Morden, London, England

Gravestone at St Lawrence’s Church, Morden, London commemorating Augustus William Louis Schermuly d. 1929

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Location

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 Aidan's Church, Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

Window in St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh commemorating Grace Horsley Darling d. 1842

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Location

St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

Transcript

'OUT OF THE DEEP HAVE I CALLED UNTO THEE', 'CHARITY FORTITUDE HOPE / GRACE HOSLEY DARLING BORN 24 NOVEMBER DIED 20 OCTOBER 1842 / THE WRECK OF THE FORFARSHIRE 5 SEPTEMBER 1838'

Details

Description: Three-light window depicting personifications of the virtues - Charity with flaming heart, Fortitude with an oar, and Hope with an anchor. Two half-length angels above each virtue, full-length angels carry the dedication scroll below. The biblical text is carried by the angel in the quatrefoil light at the top.
Type: Window
Position: North Transept
Materials: Glass, lead
Date Erected: 1885
Artists: Clayton & Bell
Vessel: 'Forfarshire'

People

Darling, Grace
Age: 26
Date of Death: 20/10/1842
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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Bibliography: 'The Times' 25 July, 1885, p.5.

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

Memorial at St Botolph’s Church, Postman’s Park to Samuel Lowdell d. 1887

Location

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

Transcript

'DROWNED WHEN RESCUING / A BOY AT BLACKFRIARS / FEB.25.1887 / HE HAD SAVED / TWO OTHER LIVES'

Details

Description: Tiles set in a memorial loggia or cloister.
Type: Memorial tile
Position: Churchyard
Artists: William de Morgan, Ernest George

People

Lowdell, Samuel
Age:
Date of Death: 25/2/1887
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Bargeman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The memorial was 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. 295-98.

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

Memorial at St Botolph’s Church, Postman’s Park, London commemorating Mary Rogers d. 1889 in the wreck of the ‘Stella’

Location

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

Transcript

'MARY ROGERS / STEWARDESS OF THE STELLA / MAR.30.1899 / SELF SACRIFICED BY GIVING UP / HER LIFE BELT AND VOLUNTARILY / GOING DOWN IN THE SINKING SHIP'

Details

Description: Tile painted with a ship and foul anchor. The tiles are set in a loggia or cloister set up at his own expense by the painter and sculptor G. H. Watts.
Type: Memorial tile
Position: Churchyard
Date Erected: 1899
Artists: Doulton & Co, Ernest George
Vessel: Stella

People

Rogers, Mary
Age:
Date of Death: 30/3/1899
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Stewardess
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Philip Ward-Jackson 'Public Sculpture of the City of London' (Liverpool, 2003) pp. 295-97

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

Extra

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]
Photographer: B. Tomlinson