Category Archives: Lifesaving

Sea front, Fleetwood, Lancashire, England

Obelisk on the seafront, Fleetwood, Lancashire commemorating James Abram and George Greenall d. 1890 whilst attempting to rescue the crew of the ‘Jean Campbell’

Location

Sea front, Fleetwood, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'...Who lost their lives in the storm of November 1890 whilst heroically endeavouring to save others'

Details

Type: Obelisk
Vessel: Osprey

People

Abram, James
Age:
Date of Death: 11/1890
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Greenall, George
Age:
Date of Death: 11/1890
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The crew of a local fishing smack 'Osprey' sighted the schooner 'Jean Campbell' in distress, a small boat was launched manned by George Wilson, James Abram and George Greenall. It was swamped, sank and only George Wilson was saved. The 'Jean Campbell' was wrecked at Norbreck with three lives lost.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 48.

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

Memorial tile at Postman’s Park, City of London commemorating Joseph William Onslow d. 1885

Location

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

Transcript

'JOSEPH WILLIAM / ONSLOW / LIGHTERMAN. WHO WAS / DROWNED AT WAPPING / ON MAY 5 1885 / IN TRYING TO SAVE A BOY'S LIFE'

Details

Description: Painted tile. The tiles are protected by a tiled lean-to roof.
Type: Memorial tile
Position: Churchyard
Date Erected: 1899
Artists: William de Morgan, Ernest George

People

Onslow, Joseph William
Age:
Date of Death: 5/5/1885
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lighterman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: A memorial logia or cloister, set up at his own expense by the sculptor and painter G. F. Watts.
Bibliography: Philip Ward-Jackson 'Public Sculpture of the City of London' (Liverpool, 2003)pp. 295-98.

Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, England

Window in Liverpool Anglican Cathedral commemorating Grace Darling d. 1842

Location

Anglican Cathedral, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'Grace Darling and all our Courageous maidens 1815-1842'

Details

Description: Portrait of Grace Darling, a view of a lighthouse on a rock, scrolling foliage and an angel holding an inscribed scroll.
Type: Window
Position: Lady Chapel
Materials: Glass
Artists: James Hogan, James Powell & Sons

People

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

Extra

Bibliography: 'The Builder' (8 January 1915) p.33.

St Michael's Church, Helston, Cornwall, England

Gravestone in Helston, Cornwall dedicated to Henry Trengrouse d. 1854

Location

St Michael's Church, Helston, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'IN PIOUS / AND EVER GRATEFUL REMEMBRANCE OF / HENRY TRENGROUSE / OF THIS BOROUGH / WHO PROFOUNDLY IMPRESSED BY THE / GREAT LOSS OF LIFE BY SHIPWRECK / RENDERED MOST SIGNAL SERVICE TO / HUMANITY BY DEVOTING THE GREATER / PORTION OF HIS LIFE AND MEANS TO / THE INVENTION AND ADOPTION OF THE / "ROCKET APPARATUS" / FOR COMMUNICATING BETWEEN / STRANDED SHIPS AND THE SHORE, / WHEREBY MANY THOUSANDS OF / LIVES HAVE BEEN SAVED' [On plinth] 'THEY REST FROM THEIR LABOURS, / AND THEIR WORKS DO FOLLOW THEM'

Details

Description: A carving of an anchor and chain on a rock. Inscription on a scroll.


Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard opposite main door
Materials: Stone, granite plinth
Artists: Spargo

People

Trengrouse, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1854
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Church of St Margaret of Antioch, St Margaret-at-Cliffe, Kent, England

Gravestone at the Church of St Margaret of Antioch, St Margaret-at-Cliffe, Kent commemorating John Hatch RN Chief Officer of the Coastguard d. 1837

Location

Church of St Margaret of Antioch, St Margaret-at-Cliffe, Kent, England

Transcript

'To the memory of ANN HATCH, wife of JOHN HATCH, RN Chief Officer of the Coastguard St Margaret's Bay who departed this life the 12th day of September 1837 aged 45 years. Here also repose the remains of the above JOHN HATCH who died at the residence of his son JOSEPH at Crouch End, Hornsey, N. London on Wed 25 Feb. 1863 in the 72nd year of his age Deeply lamented A.H. 1837 J.H.1863'

Details

Description: Headstone with body and footstones


Type: Gravestone
Position: F20
Materials: Sandstone

People

Hatch, John
Age: 71
Date of Death: 25/2/1863
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Chief Officer
Organisation: HM Coastguard, Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: 'The Monumental Inscriptions in the Church and Churchyard of St Margaret of Antioch, St Margaret At Cliffe, Kent' Kent Family History Society (Canterbury, 1980).

All Saints Church, Weston, North Yorkshire, England

Memorial window in All Saints Church, Weston commemorating Emma Dawson d. 1880, patron of the ‘The Redcar Order of Free Gardeners’ and depicting the lifeboat they sponsored

Location

All Saints Church, Weston, North Yorkshire, England

Details

Description: Three light window depicting the Good Samaritan with below a lifeboat on the left and a group of women and children on the right. In the lower centre section, insignia relating to the friendly society - the Redcar Order of Free Gardeners. With the help of their patron, Emma Dawson, they raised the money for a new lifeboat at Redcar. This was known officially as the 'United Free Gardener' and unofficially as 'Emma'. The window was erected by the society in memory of Emma Dawson.
Type: Window
Position: Squire's parlour
Date Erected: 1882
Artists: Wailes & Strang
Vessel: 'United Free Gardener', 'Emma'

Extra

Bibliography: Jane Hedley 'The Lifeboat Window', 'NADFAS Church Recorder News and Views' 2006, p.11

St Paul's Cathedral, London, England

Wall tablet in St Paul’s Cathedral, London commemorating Admiral Sir Harry Holdworth Rawson d. 1910

Location

St Paul's Cathedral, London, England

Transcript

'TO THE BELOVED AND HONOVRED MEMORY OF ADMIRAL SIR HARRY HOLDSWORTH RAWSON G.C.B. G.C. M.G. / BORN NOV. 5TH 1843. PASSED ON NOV 3RD 1910 / HE ENTERED THE ROYAL NAVY 1857. / AND RETIRED 1908 AFTER 51 YEARS OF CONTINUOVS ACTIVE SERVICE / SERVED IN CHINA WAR 1851-61. / WAS PRESENT AT CAPTVRE OF PEIHO, TAKV FORTS AND PEKIN COMMANDED THIRTEEN HVNDRED CHINESE TROOPS AT DEFENCE OF NINGPO, / WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED AND SEVERAL TIMES MENTIONED IN DISPATCHES / PRINCIPAL TRANSPORT OFFICER EGYPTIAN WAR 1882 / ADC TO QUEEN VICTORIA 1890, / ON INTERNATIONAL SIGNAL COMMITTEE 1892-95 / COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF CAPE OF GOOD HOPE AND WEST COAST OF AFRICA 1895-98. / IN COMMAND OF EXPEDITION AGAINST M'WALE AND CAPTURE OF M'WALE IN 1895. / BOMBARDMENT OF ZANZIBAR 1897. / COMMANDED THE BENIN EXPEDITION AND CAPTVRED BENIN 1897. / COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF CHANNEL SQUADRON 1898-01 / GOVERNOR OF NEW SOVTH WALES 1902-09 / HELD THE HVMANE SOCIETY'S MEDAL AND CIVIC CROSS OF BELGIVM FOR SAVING LIFE AT SEA THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS RELATIVES'

Details

Description: Arms, enamelled above. The inscription in an architectural surround, a naval crown and foul anchor flanking the base, on which are Rawson's medals within a laurel wreath.


Type: Wall tablet
Position: Crypt
Materials: Bronze, enamel
Vessel: HMS Minotaur

Event

Second China War

Event Date

1857-1860

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Asia

People

Rawson, Harry Holdsworth
Age:
Date of Death: 2/11/1910
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Buried in Bracknell Parish church.

St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

Gravestone at St Aidan’s Church, Bamburgh commemorating Grace Horsley Darling d. 1842 and her father William Darling d. 1865

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Location

St Aidan's Church, Bamburgh, Northumberland, England

Transcript

'IN / MEMORY OF / THOMASIN DARLING Wife / OF WILLIAM DARLING OF THE FERN / ISLANDS WHO DIED OCTR 16TH 1848 / AGED 74 YEARS / ALSO OF / GRACE HORSLEY Darling / their Daughter who died Oct. 20 / 1842 Aged 26 Years / ALSO OF JOB HORSLEY DARLING / their son who died Decr 6th 1830 / Aged 20 Years / The above WILLIAM DARLING late / of the Langstone Light and the Beloved Husband of THOMASIN DARLING who / died at Bamburgh May 28th 1865 / Aged 79 Years. Also of / THOMASIN DARLING their Daughter / who died Aug 13th 1886 aged 78 Years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone

People

Darling, Grace Horsley
Age: 26
Date of Death: 20/10/1842
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Darling, William
Age: 79
Date of Death: 28/5/1865
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lighthouse keeper
Organisation: Trinity House

Extra

Notes: Replacement, the original stone is inside the RNLI Grace Darling Museum across the road.

St Hilda's Church, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Gravestone at St Hilda’s Church, South Shields commemorating William Wouldhave d. 1821

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Location

St Hilda's Church, South Shields, Tyne and Wear, England

Transcript

'ERECTED BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION 1921', '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 reaped, 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: Laid horizontal. Carved with a lifeboat.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Granite
Date Erected: 1921

People

Wouldhave, William
Age:
Date of Death: 1821
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Life boat designer
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Also commemorated by clock tower on seafront.
Bibliography: John Gilmore 'Storm Warriors, life boat work on the Goodwin Sands' (London, 1874) p. 26.

Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England

Memorial in Westminster Abbey, London commemorating William Wragg d. 1777

Location

Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF WILLIAM WRAGG ESQ OF SOUTH CAROLINA WHO WHEN THE / AMERICAN COLONIES REVOLTED FROM GREAT BRITAIN INFLEXIBLY MAINTAIN'D HIS / LOYALTY TO THE PERSON AND GOVERNMENT OF HIS SOVEREIGN AND WAS THEREFORE / COMPELL'D TO LEAVE HIS DISTREST FAMILY AND AMPLE FORTUNE, IN HIS PASSAGE / TO ENGLAND BY THE WAY OF AMSTERDAM HE WAS UNFORTUNATELY SHIPWRECK'D / AND DROWNED ON THE COAST OF HOLLAND THE 3D DAY OF SEPTEMBER 1777 / IN HIS STRONG NATURAL PARTS AND LOVE OF JUSTICE AND HUMANITY / IMPROVED BY EDUCATION FORMED THE VALUABLE CHARACTER OF A GOOD MAN / AND LEFT THOSE WHO HAVE SURVIVED HIM TO DEPLORE THE LOSS OF A MOST / TENDER HUSBAND, AFFECTIONATE PARENT, KIND MASTER, AND WARM FRIEND. / HIS SORROWING AFFLICTED SISTER IN ENGLAND CAUSED THIS MONUMENT / TO BE ERECTED 1779'

Details

Description: Above the inscription, a sarcophagus on dolphin feet in relief carved with a scene of a shipwreck, the Dutch coast in the background. A mourning female figure in classical dress to one side of it. A scallop shell flanked by dolphins in the pediment of the sarcophagus. Wragg is shown at the stern of the ship. Tom Skene, Wragg's slave, is shown rescuing Wragg's son in the foreground. Both survivors cling to a piece of wreckage.
Type: Monument
Position: South choir aisle
Materials: Marble
Artists: Richard Hayward

Event Category

1775-1783 American Revolutionary War

People

Wragg, William
Age: 63
Date of Death: 3/9/1777
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Skene was freed by the boy's mother and given land near the Wragg family plantation.

Bibliography: Holgar Hoock 'Empires of the Imagination' pp.76-78.