Category Archives: Lifesaving

Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, Essex, England

Memorial at Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, commemorating  Charles Hasell Newell HEIC d. 1815

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Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, Essex, England

Transcript

'Captain Charles Hasell Newell, of the 'ALEXANDER' East Indiaman, aged 34. He lost his life in his brave and humane exertions to save the ship Bengal, destroyed by fire off Point de Galle Jany 16th 1815'

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Vessel: HEIC Alexander, Bengal

People

Newell, Charles Hasell
Age:
Date of Death: 16/1/1815
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master HEIC
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Memorial at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island commemorating Matthew Newton Kyle d. 1903

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Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

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'Matthew Newton Kyle died 23rd August 1903 aged 69 years. He was for 33 years Coxswain of the Holy Island Lifeboat. George Kyle, born 14 October 1844, died 28 January 1912. Second Coxswain of Holy Island Lifeboat, 1876-97 and Coxswain Superintendant 1897-1911'

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People

Kyle, Matthew Newton
Age: 69
Date of Death: 23/8/1903
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:
Kyle, George
Age:
Date of Death: 28/1/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:

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St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England

Gravestone at St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, Kent, commemorating Lionel Lukin d. 1834

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St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England

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'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'

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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

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All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

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

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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

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

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'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 .'

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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.

La Corbiere, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands

Wall tablet at La Corbiere, St Brelade, Jersey commemorating Peter Edwin Larbalestier d. 1946 in a lifesaving attempt

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La Corbiere, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'In memory / of / Peter Edwin Larbalestier / assistant keeper at Corbiere Lighthouse. / Who on 28th May 1946, gave his life / in attempting to rescue a visitor / cut off by the incoming tide / Take heed all ye who pass by'

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Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Granite

People

Larbalestier, Peter Edwin
Age:
Date of Death: 28/5/1946
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lighthouse keeper
Organisation:

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Notes: Grey granite tablet in wall at the head of causeway to the Lighthouse.

St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk, England

Memorial at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, Suffolk commemorating John Henry Sinclair, d. 1906

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St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'John Henry Sinclair, Retired Chief Officer of Coastguard and for many years Hon Sec of Southwold Branch RNLI who passed peacefully away 9th October 1906 aged 87 years. Rebecca his wife died 28 Nov 1879 aged 58 years'

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Position: Churchyard

People

Sinclair, John Henry
Age: 87
Date of Death: 9/10/1906
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Coastguard
Organisation: HM Coastguard

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St John's Church, Edinburgh, Scotland

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

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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'

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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

Church of St Margaret and All Saints, Pakefield, Suffolk, England

Gravestone in Church of St Margaret and All Saints, Pakefield, Suffolk commemorating Albert Chapman, d.1917

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Church of St Margaret and All Saints, Pakefield, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'Albert Edward CHAPMAN, born 29 Jan 1866 died 20 Novr 1917 second coxswain of the Pakefield Lifeboat'

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Position: Churchyard

People

Chapman, Albert Edward
Age: 51
Date of Death: 20/11/1919
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation: Unknown

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

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

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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'

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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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