Category Archives: Lifesaving

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.

Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Plympton, Devon, England

Memorial in Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Plympton, Devon commemorating William Tucker d. 1866 and his two brothers, all of whom served in the Royal Navy

Location

Church of St Mary the Blessed Virgin, Plympton, Devon, England

Transcript

'Erected by the officers and crew of H.M.S. Rapid in affectionate memory of their late shipmate William F.M. Tucker, born 24th February 1866, died at Sydney, Australia 21st December 1897. And of his two brothers Joseph D. Tucker late H.M.S. Crescent born 21st July 1871, died at Hong Kong China 12 December 1894. And Edward F. Tucker, late of HMS Jackal born 26th July 1869, died through drowning attempting to save his shipmate at Dornoch, Scotland 21st May 1865'

Details

Description: Broken column on plinth.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Red granite
Vessel: HMS Crescent, HMS Jackal, HMS Rapid

People

Tucker, Joseph David
Age:
Date of Death: 12/12/1894
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Tucker, Edward Felix
Age:
Date of Death: 21/5/1895
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Tucker, William Frederick Miall
Age:
Date of Death: 21/12/1897
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER. 'An accident occurred at Dornoch on Tuesday night to a boat's crew of H.M. gunboat 'Jackel'. A crew of five or six men went ashore for Captain Lucas, and when about a quarter of a mile from the beach the boat was seen to capsize. There was a stiff breeze blowing at the time. Another boat was quickly dispatched from the 'Jackal', and it succeeded in saving all the crew but one, who was drowned. Another of the crew died from exhaustion. The boat was under sail at the time. One of the unfortunate men was married and leaves a widow and child, while another is a youth of twenty. The captain, who was on the beach at the time, witnessed the unfortunate occurrence, which is attributed to the sheet having been fastened.'
Bibliography: 'John of Groats Journal' (24 May 1895).

Ship Inn, Mousehole, Cornwall, England

Plaque in Mousehole, Cornwall dedicated to Charles Greenhaugh. d. 1981

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Location

Ship Inn, Mousehole, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'CHARLES GREENHAUGH / LANDLORD OF THIS HOUSE/AND CREWMAN OF THE SOLOMON BROWNE / LOST WITH ALL HAND 19TH DECEMBER 1981/REMEMBERED WITH GREAT AFFECTION / BY TENANTS, MANAGERS / EMPLOYEES AND DIRECTORS/OF ST. AUSTELL BREWERY CO. LTD. / GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN'

Details

Type: Plaque
Position: Exterior of building
Materials: Slate
Vessel: Solomon Browne

People

Greenhaugh, William
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Gilling West, North Yorkshire, England

Wall tablet in Gilling West, North Yorkshire, commemorating Rear-Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock  d. 1914

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Location

Gilling West, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / REAR ADMIRAL SIR CHRISTOPHER CRADOCK / KNIGHT COMMANDER OF THE VICTORIAN ORDER, / COMMANDER OF THE BATH, / KNIGHT OF THE ROYAL ORDER CROWN OF PRUSSIA, / KNIGHT OF THE ROYAL SPANISH ORDER OF NAVAL MERIT, / MEMBER OF THE IMPERIAL OTTOMAN ORDER OF THE MEDJIDIEH, / AIDE DE CAMP TO KING EDWARD VII 1909-1910, / 4TH SON OF CHRISTOPHER CRADOCK OF HARTFORTH. / BORN 1862 - KILLED IN ACTION 1914 / 'THE DAY THOU GAVEST LORD IS ENDED, / THE DARKNESS FALL AT THY BEHEST' [Left panel] 'SERVED IN SOUDAN FIELD FORCE 1891 / AS A.D.C. TO GOVERNOR GENERAL OF RED SEA. / BATTLE OF TOKAR AND OCCUPATION OF /AFFIAFIT. (KHEDIVE'S BRONZE STAR. / TOKAR CLASP, MEDJIDIEH 4TH CLASS. / MENTIONED IN DESPATCHES.) / COMMANDED NAVAL BRIGADE AT / STORMING AND CAPTURE OF TAKU FORTS / 1900 (PROMOTED FOR GALLANTRY, CHINA / MEDAL, TAKU CLASP.) / COMMANDED NAVAL BRIGADE AND / DIRECTED AMERICAN, JAPANESE AND / ITALIAN FORCES AT RELIEF OF TIENTSIN / AND RELIEF OF SEYMOUR'S FORCE AT / SIKU. (RELIEF OF PEKIN CLASP.) / COMMANDED 4TH CRUISER SQUADRON / 1913-1914 DURING REBELLION IN MEXICO. / RESPONSIBLE FOR RESCUING SOME / 2000 AMERICAN REFUGEES IN / MEXICO DURING AMERICA'S OPERATIONS / AGAINST THIS STATE. (RECEIVED THROUGH / BOTH THE ADMIRALTY AND FOREIGN / OFFICE THE THANKS AND APPRECIATION / OF THE UNITED STATES GOVERNMENT.) [Right panel] 'COMMANDER ROYAL YACHT / 'VICTORIA AND ALBERT' 1894. / TESTIMONIAL OF ROYAL HUMANE / SOCIETY FOR SAVING LIFE IN 1904. / SILVER MEDAL OF BOARD OF TRADE / FOR GALLANTRY IN SAVING LIFE ON / THE OCCASION OF THE SAVING THE / LIFE OF H.R.H. PRINCESS ROYAL AT / WRECK OF S.S. 'DELHI' 1911 WHEN HE / ALSO RECEIVED THE APPRECIATION / OF THE LORDS COMMISSIONERS OF / THE ADMIRALTY. / COMMANDED THE BRITISH SQUADRON / ON THE COAST OF AMERICA DURING THE / WAR WITH GERMANY IN 1914-18 AND / LOST HIS LIFE IN THE ACTION OFF / CORONEL CHILE 1ST NOV. 1914 WHEN / OUTNUMBERED AND OUTCLASSED / IN SHIPS, OUTRANGED IN GUNS AND / HOPELESSLY OVERWHELMED BY / WEIGHT OF METAL, HIS FLAG SHIP H.M.S. / 'GOOD HOPE' AND H.M.S. 'MONMOUTH' / WERE SUNK WITH EVERY SOUL ON / BOARD.'

Details

Description: A marble wall tablet with a carved border, a bronze sword lies below the inscription and a bronze foul anchor within a wreath is placed in the top left corner.


Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble, bronze
Vessel: HMS Good Hope

Event

Battle of Cape Coronel

Event Date

1914

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Cradock, Christopher
Age:
Date of Death: 1/11/1914
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Poole, Dorset, England

Plaque in Poole, Dorset, dedicated to Richard Wills d. 1908

Location

Poole, Dorset, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / RICHARD WILLS / 2ND COXSWAIN FOR 30 YEARS / AND FOR 25 YEARS COXSWAIN / OF THE POOLE LIFEBOAT. / DURING THE PERIOD OF HIS SERVICE / 120 LIVES WERE SAVED. / DIED JULY 8TH 1922. / AGED 72 YEARS.'

Details

Type: Plaque
Materials: Brass

People

Wills, Richard
Age: 72
Date of Death: 8/7/1922
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat Coxswain
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: Originally this plaque was located in the Seamen's Mission on Poole Quay which was closed in about 1950. It is currently in private hands. The obituary to Richard Wills in the RNLI journal "The Lifeboat" records the existence of this plaque and its original location (November 1922, p.337: "Richard Wills... In 1908 he was awarded the Thanks of the Institution inscribed on vellum for taking part in a shore-boat service, in which he and four other men rescued at great personal risk, two men whose boat had capsized in a heavy ground-swell. A brass tablet to his memory has been put up in the Seamen's Mission at Poole, and was unveiled on 19th November."

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Memorial at Kensal Green Cemetery commemorating Harold Wingfield RN d. 1876

Location

Kensal Green Cemetery, Kensal Green, London, England

Transcript

'HAROLD WINGFIELD R.N. / DROWNED AT SEA / WHILST GALLANTLY TRYING TO SAVE SHIPMATE, 13TH DEC 1876 / AGED 17 / IN MY FATHERS HOUSE ARE / MANY MANSIONS. JOHN XIV'

Details

Description: Curbed grave, tall pedestal (ornate) with a cross and stone garland.
Type: Memorial
Position: Section 111
Materials: Stone

People

Wingfield, Harold
Age: 17
Date of Death: 13/12/1876
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Freemantle 'He was sent to the "Newcastle" at Madeira, and, poor boy, he was drowned in the China seas, having jumped overboard after a man, about which there was a court of enquiry. He was rather a wild young fellow, but a plucky lad.'
Bibliography: See Admiral The Hon. Sir Edmund Fremantle 'The Navy as I have Known it 1849-1899' (London, 1904) p.383.

Sea Front, Margate, Kent, England

Statue on the Sea front, Margate, Kent commemorating the nine crew members of the ‘Friend to All Nations’ capsized on 2nd December 1897

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Location

Sea Front, Margate, Kent, England

Transcript

'To the memory of / WILLIAM PHILLPOTT COOK Snr COXSWAIN / HENRY RICHARD BROCKMAN ROBERT ERNEST COOK / WILLIAM PHILPOTT COOK Jnr EDWARD ROBERT CRUNDEN / JOHN BENJAMIN DIKE WILLIAM RICHARD GILL / GEORGE ROBERT WILLIAM LADD CREW / AND / CHARLES E. TROUGHTON / Superintendant of the / Margate Ambulance Corps / who lost their lives through the capsizing of / the Margate Surf Boat Friend to All Nations / On Thurday 2nd December 1897'

Details

Description: Full-length statue of lifeboatman in oilskins and cork life jacket, striding forward. On a granite plinth.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze, granite
Date Erected: 1899
Artists: Frederick Callcott, Elkington & Co Ltd
Vessel: Friend to All Nations

People

Brockman, Henry Richard
Age: 50
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cook, William Philpott
Age: 54
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:
Cook, William Philpott
Age: 28
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cook, Robert Ernest
Age: 26
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Crunden, Edward Robert
Age: 31
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Dike, John Benjamin
Age: 41
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Gill, William Richard
Age: 35
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Ladd, George William
Age: 38
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Troughton, Charles E.
Age: 40
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Nine crew members drowned when 'Friend to All Nations' capsized going to rescue crew of the 'Persian Empire'.

Another memorial in Margate Cemetery M5611.

Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 85

St Cattwg's Church, Port Eynon, Swansea, Wales

Statue at St Cattwg’s Church, Port Eynon, Swansea of a lifeboatman commemorating three men who died as a result of the capsize of the lifeboat ‘Janet’ in 1916

Location

St Cattwg's Church, Port Eynon, Swansea, Wales

Details

Description: The full-length figure of a lifeboatman on an inscribed plinth.
Type: Statue
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Marble on stone plinth
Vessel: Janet

People

Eynon, William
Age:
Date of Death: 1/11/1916
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Gibbs, William
Age:
Date of Death: 1/11/1916
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Harry, George
Age:
Date of Death: 1/11/1916
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: 'Janet' lifeboat, capsized after going to assist wrecked 'Dunvegan'.
Bibliography: H.M. Tucker 'Gower Gleanings' (Swansea,1951) pp. 69-72; Wynford Vaughan-Thomas 'Portrait of Gower' (London, 1976) pp. 121-123; David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p.163 (illustration).