Category Archives: Lifesaving

St George's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man, England

Vault in St George’s Church, Douglas, Isle of Man, commemorating Sir William Hillary d. 1847, founder of the RNLI

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Location

St George's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man, England

Transcript

'TO THE HONOURED MEMORY OF / LIEUT. COLONEL SIR WILLIAM HILLARY, BT. / OF YORKSHIRE, ESSEX AND THE ISLE OF MAN / LIEUTENANT TURCOPOLIER OF THE ORDER OF THE KNIGHTS OF ST JOHN OF JERUSALEM. / BORN 1771. DIED 1847 / SOLDIER, AUTHOR, PHILANTHROPIST. / HE FOUNDED IN THE YEAR 1824 THE ROYAL NAVAL LIFE BOAT INSTITUTION / AND IN 1832 BUILT THE TOWER OF REFUGE IN DOUGLAS BAY. / FEARLESS HIMSELF IN THE WORK OF RESCUE FROM SHIPWRECK HE HELPED SAVE 305 LIVES / AND WAS THREE TIMES AWARDED THE GOLD MEDAL OF THE INSTITUTION FOR GREAT GALLANTRY. / WHAT HIS WISDOM PLANNED AND POWER ENFORCED / MORE POTENT STILL HIS GREAT EXAMPLE SHOWED. THOMSON'

Details

Description: Vault covered by a slab and enclosed by railings, with the badge of the RNLI on the side of the structure.
Type: Vault
Position: Churchyard

People

Hillary, William
Age:
Date of Death: 1847
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: On the centenary of the RNLI in 1924 the Hillary vault was restored, and the inscription added.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 133; Robert Kelly 'For those in Peril: The Life and times of Sir William Hillary the founder of the R.N.L.I.' (1979, Douglas), pp.140-142.

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

Wall tablet in St Hilda’s Church, South Shields commemorating George Tindle d. 1849

Location

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

Transcript

'GEORGE TINDLE / PILOT / WHO, WITH NINETEEN OTHER / WAS UNFORTUNATELY DROWNED / BY THE UPSETTING OF THE LIFE BOAT / ON THE 4TH DECEMBER 1849 / IN ATTEMPTING TO SAVE THE LIVES / OF THE CREW OF THE SHIP BETSY / WRECKED OFF THE HERD SAND / AGED 46 YEARS'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: End of Nave

People

Tindle, George
Age: 46
Date of Death: 4/12/1849
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Pilot
Organisation:

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Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Memorial at Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon commemorating Henry Cove d. 1916 lost in the Salcombe lifeboat disaster

Location

Shadycombe Church, Salcombe, Devon, England

Details

Position: Churchyard
Vessel: William and Emma

People

Cove, Henry James
Age: 37
Date of Death: 27/10/1916
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: Died in the Salcombe lifeboat disaster with thirteen out of the vessel's fifteen crew..

St Mary's Church, Harrow on the Hill, London, England

Window at St Mary’s Church, Harrow on the Hill dedicated to Sub-Lieutenant William Adams Dukes RN d. 1872

Location

St Mary's Church, Harrow on the Hill, London, England

Transcript

'Out of the deep / have I called unto / Thee O Lord. / Lord hear/my voice / (Psalm 130:2)', 'And beginning to sink Peter cried saying Lord save me and / immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand and caught him (St Matthew 14: 30-31)', 'To the glory of God and in memory of / William Adams Jukes R.N. eldest son / of Augustus Jukes Esq. of St Catherines.' [Tablet] 'In memory of / Sub: Lieutenant William A. Jukes, R:N: aged 22 years, / late of Her Majesty's Ship Ariadne / who was drowned at sea, on the eighth of March 1872, / with nine others of a boats crew, in a gallant attempt / to save the life of a shipmate who had fallen overboard. / This window is erected by his Brother Officers, to /record their deep regret at his loss, and warm admiration of his heroic conduct'

Details

Description: Window depicts Christ walking on the water.
Type: Window
Position: South aisle south wall
Artists: Burlisston & Grylls
Vessel: HMS Ariadne

People

Jukes, A.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 8/3/1872
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER.

Kingston Cemetery, St Mary's Road, Portsmouth, England

Cross in Kingston Cemetery, Portsmouth commemorating William A. Jukes, William J. Talbot, Richard Bailey, John Renouf, William Heany, John S. Squires, Felix Richardson, James C. Hewson, Sam Blackburn, Ed. Holland, and Richard Thomas Ord, all dying due to the capsize of a boat in 1872

Location

Kingston Cemetery, St Mary's Road, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / SUB LIEUT WILLM A JUKES / SUB LIEUT WM J TALBOT / RICHARD BAILEY COXSN OF CUTTER / ORDINARY SEAMEN / JOHN RENOUF, WILM HEANEY / JOHN S SQUIRE, FELIX RICHARDSON / JAMES C HEWSON, SAM BLACKBURN / ED. HOLLAND, RICH'D H. THOMAS ORD 2ND CLASS / LATE OF H.M.S. ARIADNE WHO ON THE 8TH MARCH 1872 OFF THE COAST OF / PORTUGAL WHEN THE SHIP WAS PROCEEDING TO GIBRALTAR WERE CAPSIZED / IN HER CUTTER AND DROWNED WHILE BRAVELY ATTEMPTING / IN A HEAVY SEA TO RESCUE AN UNFORTUNATE SHIPMATE WHO HAD FALLEN OVERBOARD / THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS AND SHIP'S COMPANY OF THE ARIADNE / TO RECORD THEIR ADMIRATION OF THE HEROIC EFFORTS MADE BY THE GALLANT / OFFICERS AND CREW UNDER CIRCUMSTANCES OF EXTREEM PERIL AND EXPRESS / THE GREAT GRIEF FELT BY ALL HANDS ON BOARD AT THEIR UNTIMELY FATE'

Details

Description: Cross with anchor.
Type: Cross
Vessel: HMS Ariadne

People

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Church of St Mary Magdelene, Madingley, Cambridgeshire, England

Wall monument in Madingley, Cambridgeshire to Commander Charles Cotton RN d. 1828

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Location

Church of St Mary Magdelene, Madingley, Cambridgeshire, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / COMMANDER CHARLES COTTON R.N. WHO DIED ON BOARD H.M.S. ZEBRA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN THE ELEVENTH OF FEBRUARY 1828 / IN THE TWENTY-FIFTH YEAR OF HIS AGE, / AND WAS INTERRED NEAR THE PRATIQUE CHURCH AT MALTA, WHERE A MONUMENT ERECTED BY / HIS OFFICERS AND MEN, ATTESTS, WITH THEIR OWN GRIEF THEIR DEEP SENSE OF HIS LOSS TO THE SERVICE. / HE WAS THE YOUNGEST SON OF SIR CHARLES COTTON BART. / AND HAVING EMBRACED HIS FATHERS PROFESSION HE DISPLAYED THAT ZEAL AND TALENT / WHICH SECURED HIM THE HIGHEST APPROBATION OF HIS COMMANDER IN CHIEF AND / THE CONFIDENCE OF THOSE WHO SERVED WITH HIM. / HIS DEATH WAS OCCASIONED BY A FEVER RESULTING FROM THE FATIGUES OF AN ARDUOUS SERVICE, / IN THE COURSE OF WHICH HE WAS EMINENTLY CONSPICUOUS IN RESCUING THE CREW OF H.M.S. CAMBRIAN OFF CARABUSA IN THE ISLAND OF CANDIA. / TO HIS AMIABLE QUALITIES IN PRIVATE LIFE, TO THE GENUINE GOODNESS OF HIS HEART, AND THE / FRANKNESS OF HIS DISPOSITION, THE AFFECTIONATE REGRET OF MANY FRIENDS, AND THE DEEP AND LASTING SORROW OF HIS NEARER CONNECTIONS, BEAR AMPLE TESTIMONY: NOR DOES RELIGION CONDEMN THEIR GRIEF / AS SHE TEACHES THEM NOT TO "SORROW AS MEN WITHOUT HOPE" AND POINTS TO A REUNION / IN A WORLD WHERE DEATH AND TEARS AND SEPARATION SHALL BE NO MORE. / THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED BY HIS AFFLICTED MOTHER.'

Details

Description: Grey marble background on which is a white marble column in relief with an urn on top and a wreath on the side. The prow of a ship is shown to the left. The column rests on a rock on which are sea shells and a sword wrapped in its belt.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble
Artists: Richard Westmacott
Vessel: HMS Zebra

People

Cotton, Charles
Age: 58
Date of Death: 11/2/1828
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Commander RN, died on board HMS 'Zebra'. Buried Pratique church, Malta.

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Memorial at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth commemorating Lieutenant R.C. Warren RN d. 1896

Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of / AUGUSTUS R.C. WARREN LIEUT. R.N. / AGED 32 YEARS / WHO WHILST SERVING ON BOARD H.M.S. HERMIONE / LOST HIS LIFE AT SEA, ON THE 28TH JULY 1896 / IN A GALLANT ATTEMPT / TO SAVE THE LIFE OF A SHIPMATE / ERECTED BY THE OFFICERS AND MEN / OF H.M.S. HERMIONE'

Details

Description: Carved with anchor and chain.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Hermione

People

Warren, Augustus R. C.
Age: 32
Date of Death: 28/7/1896
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England

Memorial at Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk commemorating the crew of the RNLI Lifeboat ‘Eliza Adams’ who died on 29th October 1880 while rescuing the ‘Ocean Queen’.

Location

Beach Road, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF ELEVEN OF THE CREW OF THE LIFEBOAT 'ELIZA ADAMS' WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON DUTY IN THE DISASTER AT WELLS OCTOBER 29TH 1880. ROBERT WILLIAM ELSDON COXSWAIN, JOHN ELSDON, WILLIAM FIELD, JOHN STOREY, WILLIAM WARDINGHAM, FRANK ABEL, CHARLES HINDS, WILLIAM GREEN, SAMUEL SMITH, CHARLES SMITH. SURVIVORS, THOMAS KEW, WILLIAM BELL'

Details

Description: On a plinth, a broken mast, life belt and anchor carved in three dimensions, the whole surrounded by railings.
Type: Free standing monument
Position: Beside the harbour
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Eliza Adams

People

Abel, Frank
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Elsdon, Robert William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Elsdon, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Field, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Green, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Hinds, Charles
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Smith, Samuel
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Smith, Charles
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Storey, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI
Wardingham, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 29/10/1880
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat crew
Organisation: RNLI

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Notes: Wells lifeboat capsized going the the assistance of the brig 'Ocean Queen' and lost 11 out of a crew of 13. The memorial is grade II listed.

St John's Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool, England

Memorial at St John’s Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool commemorating John Brown d. 1854

Location

St John's Church, Old Haymarket, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'John Brown who lost his life in the Lifeboat in the gale on 18th. February 1854 aged 47'

Details

People

Brown, John
Age: 47
Date of Death: 18/2/1854
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:

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Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Offife compiled James Gibson d.1886, vol.1, p. 666. Church demolished in 1898.
Recorder: Captain J P Brand, Friends of Merseyside Maritime Museum

Larpool cemetery, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Memorial at Larpool cemetery, Whitby commemorating lifeboat coxswain Harry Freeman d. 1904

Location

Larpool cemetery, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'HENRY FREEMAN / DIED 13TH DECEMBER 1904 / AGED 69 YEARS. / ONLY SURVIVOR OF THE / WHITBY LIFEBOAT DISASTER / 0F 1861. / COXSWAIN OF THE WHITBY LIFEBOAT / 1877 * 1899 / DURING HIS SERVICE HE HELPED TO SAVE / OVER THREE HUNDRED LIVES.'

Details

Description: A Yorkshire coble incised above the inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: granite
Date Erected: 1986

People

Freeman, Henry
Age: 69
Date of Death: 13/12/1904
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain; fisherman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: Erected with funds raised by the pupils of Whitby school. It does not record Freeman's two wives buried in the same grave.
Bibliography: Ian Minter and Ray Shill 'Storm Warrior: The Turbulent life of Harry Freeman' (Sutton Coldfield, 1991,)p. 222.