Category Archives: Lifesaving

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:

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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)

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

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Notes: DOSSIER.

St John's Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

Wall tablet in St John’s Church, Edinburgh commemorating Captain Archibald Sinclair RN d. 1859

Location

St John's Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

Transcript

'In memory of Captain Archibald Sinclair R.N., fourth son of the Right Honourable Sir John Sinclair, Baronet. Born 20th September, 1801; died 1st June 1859. On three occasions Captain Sinclair saved the lives of others at the immediate hazard of his own. He leaped overboard and rescued from drowning in one instance a boy; in another a seaman, and in the third an officer of his own ship. 'I know that my Redeemer Liveth' Job xix. 25'

Details

Type: Wall tablet

People

Sinclair, Archibald
Age: 58
Date of Death: 1/6/1859
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Bibliography: Rev. Charles Rogers 'Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland' (vol i, 1871) p. 76

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 Anne's Church, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Headstone at St Anne’s Church, Dunbar commemorating Robert Harkes d.  1877, lifeboatman

Location

St Anne's Church, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / ROBERT HARKES / WHO WAS DROWNED BY THE CAPSIZING / OF THE LIFEBOAT 13TH OCTOBER 1877 / AGED 36 YEARS / THE SEA SHALL GIVE UP THE DEAD THAT ARE IN IT / ALSO HIS WIFE / ELIZABETH DOBSON WHO DIED / 18TH MARCH 1896 AGED 59 YEARS / ALSO IN LOVING MEMORY / OF OUR DEAR PARENTS / WILLIAM ALEXANDER HARKESS / YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE / WHO DIED 18th JAN. 1941 AGED 64 / AND HIS BELOVED WIFE / MARION TEAR HARKES / WHO DIED 5th JAN 1950 AGED 72 / ALSO OF JANE McKINLAY HARKESS / BELOVED WIFE OF ALEXr DOUGLAS LAING / AND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE / WHO DIED 11th APRIL 1954 AGED 82 YEARS / AND OF THE ABOVE / ALEXANDER DOUGLAS LAING / WHO DIED 28th DECEMBER 1960 AGED 89 YEARS / AND OF THOMAS TEAR HARKESS / BELOVED YOUNGEST SON OF THE ABOVE WILLIAM & MARION / DIED 5th MAY 1976 AGED 56 YEARS'

Details

Type: Headstone
Position: Churchyard 30 yards north west of church
Materials: Grey sandstone

People

Harkes, Robert
Age: 36
Date of Death: 13/10/1877
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:

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Notes: DOSSIER. Wall on right edge of print is north boundary wall of churchyard.
Bibliography: 'Scotsman' (Oct 15 1877).

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 Mary's Church, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Headstone at St Mary’s Church, Whitby commemorating lifeboatman William Storr d. 1861

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Location

St Mary's Church, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'ERECTED / IN REMEMBRANCE OF / WILLIAM STORR / WHO WAS DROWNED / WITH ELEVEN OTHERS / BY THE UPSETTING OF THE / LIFE BOAT AT WHITBY / FEBRUARY 9TH 1861 / AND INTERRED HERE / THE 12TH... / AGED 45 YEARS / ALSO JANE HIS WIFE / WHO DIED SEPT...1856 [?]/AGED 28 [?] YEARS'

Details

Description: Headstone with a draped urn above the inscription. Worn down the right hand side. Now propped against the side of the church, its original site possibly lost due to cliff erosion.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Sandstone

People

Storr, William
Age: 45
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Life boat crew
Organisation:

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Marine Park, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Clock tower in Marine Park, South Shields commemorating Henry Greathead d. 1816 and William Wouldhave d. 1821, inventors of the lifeboat

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Location

Marine Park, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Transcript

'GREATHEAD', 'WOULDHAVE', 'COURAGE, HUMANITY COMMERCE', 'Erected in commemoration of the jubilee of H.M. Queen Victoria, June 20th, 1887 and as a memorial to the beneficent work of the lifeboat as designed and built in South Shields in the year 1790'

Details

Description: On east and west sides, round portraits of Greathead and William Wouldhave within foliage, the arms of South Shields in strapwork surrounds below. On the north and south sides, reliefs of rowing lifeboats rescuing the crews of vessels in distress. The top storey has a four dial clock.
Type: Clock tower
Materials: Sandstone
Date Erected: 1890
Artists: J.S. Morton

People

Greathead, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1816
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Boat builder
Organisation:
Wouldhave, William
Age: 70
Date of Death: 28/9/1821
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Inventor
Organisation:

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Notes: Paid for by public subscription, the council paid for the clock. After fierce debate in the local paper concerning the rival claims of Wouldhave and Greathead to have invented the lifeboat, it was decided to commemorate both men. The tower was unveiled by Alderman Eltringham on the opening of the Marine Park 25 June 1890. A model and plans of the tower are in the collections of South Shields Museum.
Bibliography: George B. Hodgson 'The Borough of South Shields' (Newcastle-upon-Tyne, 1903) p. 437