Category Archives: Lifesaving

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

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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:

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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).

Loch Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man

Memorial at Douglas, Isle of Man commemorating Sir William Hillary d. 1847, founder of the RNLI

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Location

Loch Promenade, Douglas, Isle of Man

Transcript

'SIR WILLIAM HILLARY & HIS VOLUNTEER / CREW GO TO THE AID OF THE STRICKEN / ST. GEORGE 20TH NOVEMBER 1830'

Details

Description: A relief of a boat rowing towards a sinking paddle steamer.
Type: Sculpture
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 2001
Artists: Michael Sandle
Vessel: St George

People

Hillary, William
Age: 76
Date of Death: 5/1/1847
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Philanthropist
Organisation: Royal National Lifeboat Institution

Extra

Notes: Unveiled 29 June 2002. Aged 60, Hillary had actively participated in the rescue of the crew of the packet 'St George', wrecked at the entrance to Douglas harbour.

St Mary's Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Gravestone at St Mary’s Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, commemorating Cecil Bambridge d. 1911

Location

St Mary's Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Transcript

'This stone was erected / by voluntary subscriptions in memory of / Cecil Bambridge / aged 19 years / one of the crew of the / Frinton Volunteer Lifeboat / who was drowned while on service / April 5th 1911 / He gave his life for others / Elizabeth Bambridge / aged 58 years / Mother of the above / Died 23rd November 1911 / O God our help in ages past / our hope for years to come / our shelter from the stormy blast / and our eternal home'

Details

Description: With a detailed carving of a lifeboat.
Type: Headstone

People

Brambridge, Cecil
Age: 19
Date of Death: 5/4/1911
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Recorder: M T Morton, 7/9/81

St Martin's Church, St Martin by Looe, Cornwall, England

Gravestone in Cornwall dedicated to Robert McCreedy d. 1898

Location

St Martin's Church, St Martin by Looe, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of Robert McCREEDY late coastguard Looe who died 22nd August 1898 aged 57 years also Alexander his son who died on board H.M.S. Magnificent at VIGO November 7th 1896 aged 18. Also William his son who died at ADEN hospital 31 August 1898 aged 26'

Details

Description: Headstone.


Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Magnificent

People

McCreedy, Robert
Age: 57
Date of Death: 22/8/1898
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: HM Coastguard
McCreedy, Alexander
Age: 7/11/1896
Date of Death: 18
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Gravestone in Borough Cemetery, Harwich, commemorating Charles Thomson Pratt d. and Claud Vowles Pratt d. 1911

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Location

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / ISAAC CHARLES PRATT / WHO DIED MARCH 5TH 1884 / AGED 39 YEARS/ ALSO OF MATHILDE / SECOND DAUGHTER OF THE ABOVE / WHO FELL SLEEP AUGUST 23RD 1890 / AGED 15 YEARS / ALSO OF / CHARLES THOMPSON / ELDEST SON OF THE ABOVE WHO WAS DROWNED OFF / THE COAST OF BRAZIL IN A GALLANT ENDEAVOUR TO / SAVE THE LIVES OF HIS SHIPMATES DECEMBER 29TH 1905 / ALSO OF / CLAUD VOWLES / THE SON OF THE ABOVE WHO WAS DROWNED OFF CAPE VILANO / APRIL 10TH 1911 / DEEPLY LAMENTED BY THEIR MOTHER.'

Details

Description: A vase of flowers carved above the inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Stone

People

Pratt, Charles Thompson
Age:
Date of Death: 29/12/1905
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:
Pratt, Claud Vowles
Age:
Date of Death: 10/4/1911
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

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St George's Church, Douglas, Isle of Man

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

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: 76
Date of Death: 5/1/1847
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Philanthropist
Organisation: Royal National Lifeboat Institutions

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 Anne's Church, Dunbar, East Lothian, Scotland

Wall tablet at St Anne’s Church, Dunbar commemorating Lieutenant Sydenham Wylde RN and five seamen of the coastguard, who died in 1845 during a lifesaving attempt

Location

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

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF LIEUT. SYDENHAM WYLDE, R.N.; / WILLIAM LUCAS, / CHIEF BOATMAN / OF THE COASTGUARD SERVICE; / PETER DARG, / DAVID DARG, / WILLIAM MILLER / AND WILLIAM CLEMENTS SEAMEN / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES / ON THE 20TH AUGUST 1845 / IN BRAVELY AND DEVOTEDLY / BUT ALAS! UNSUCCESSFULLY / ENDEAVOURING TO RESCUE A WRECKED FISHERMAN / FROM A ROCK / AT THE ENTRANCE OF THE HARBOUR / THIS TABLET / WAS ERECTED BY THE COMMUNITY / OF DUNBAR AND VICINITY'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Limestone

People

Clements, William
Age:
Date of Death: 20/8/1845
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Darg, David
Age:
Date of Death: 20/8/1845
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Darg, Peter
Age:
Date of Death: 20/8/1845
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Lucas, William
Age:
Date of Death: 20/8/1845
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Chief boatman
Organisation: Coastguard
Miller, William
Age:
Date of Death: 20/8/1845
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation:
Wylde, Sydenham
Age:
Date of Death: 20/8/1845
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: James Miller 'The History of Dunbar, from the earliest records to the present time, with a description of the ancient castles and picturesque scenary on the borders of East Lothian' (Dunbar,1859) pp. 213, 301-3; 'The Scotsman' (23 August 1845).

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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