Category Archives: Lifesaving

St Peter's Church, Port Royal Jamaica

Location

St Peter's Church, Port Royal Jamaica

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / AUGUSTUS JAMES DE CRESPIGNY, 3D SON OF SIR W. CHN & LADY SARAH DE CRESPIGNY, / WHO DIED ON BOARD H.M.SHIP 'SCYLLA', OCT. 24TH, 1825. / CAPT DE CRESPIGNY WENT FIRST TO SEA UNDER THE / PATRONAGE OF LD. ST VINCENT, & SERVED UNDER THE FLAG / OF NELSON, AT TRAFALGAR, FROM THENCE, HE WAS TAKEN UNDER THE PATRONAGE OF LD. COLLINGWOOD, WHO MADE HIM STUDY THE DUTIES OF A SEAMAN, UNDER HIS PARTICULAR CARE. / THE ABOVE GALLANT OFFICER SAVED NO LESS THAN SIXTEEN LIVES OF HIS FELLOW CREATURES / DURING HIS NAVAL CAREER FOR WHICH HE WAS PRESENTED WITH A SERVICE OF PLATE FROM HIS SHIP'S CREW, AS WELL AS A MEDAL FROM THE R.H.S., IN THE ANNUAL REPORT OF WHICH SOCIETY AN ACCOUNT IS GIVEN, THE LAST PARAGRAPH IS AS FOLLOWS: / THESE ARE TO CERTIFY TO THE PRINCIPAL OFFICERS OF THE ROYAL HUMANE SOCIETY / THAT LIEUTENANT AUGUSTUS C. DE CRESPIGNY / SERVED WITH ME AS A VOLUNTEER MIDSHIPMAN FROM HIS / MAJESTY'S SHIP “TONNANT” IN THE GUNBOAT SERVICE IN CADIZ IN 1810, / DURING WHICH TIME I HAD OPPORTUNITIES OF SEEING HIS / NOBLE CONDUCT ON THREE VERY PARTICULAR OCCASIONS. / FIRST, IN JUMPING FROM A BOAT IN A VERY STRONG TIDE WAY AND SAVING A MARINE, / SECOND, A BOY IN THE SAME WAY, AND THIRDLY, IN TAKING TO A SMALL / BOAT & PULLING INTO THE VERY MUZZLES OF THE ENEMY'S GUNS, / AND / EVIDENTLY SAVING FIVE MEN THAT WERE NEAR DROWNING, BY THE / 'ACHILLES' BARGE BEING SUNK: HIS CONDUCT ON THE LAST OCCASION / WAS SO TRULY NOBLE THAT HE NOT ONLY GAINED THE ADMIRATION OF THE / WHOLE FLOTILLA BUT THE ENVY OF THE FRENCH COMMANDING / OFFICER, WHO AT LAST ORDERED HIS MEN TO CEASE FIRING ON HIM. / GIVEN UNDER MY HAND, THIS 12TH DAY OF JULY 1815, WEST COWES, G.W. SARMON. / THIS TRIBUTE TO A FATHER'S MEMORY WAS ERECTED BY HIS ELDEST SON, SIR CLAUDE CHN. DE CRESPIGNY, BT. 1841'

Details

Date Erected: 1841

Event

Battle of Trafalgar 1805

People

De Crespigny, Augustus James
Age:
Date of Death: 24/10/1825
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: The letter to the Royal Humane Society quoted was from Commander George Wood Sarmon, who was a Lieutenant at the time of the incident in 1810. The RHS report of 1816 also includes letters from Thomas Forrest and Rear Admiral Francis Laforey in support of an award to Augustus de Crespiny, also dated 1815.
Bibliography: Captain J.H. Lawrence-Archer 'Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies' (London, 1875) p.291.

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

Wall tablet at St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Dockyard commemorating Captain John McNeill Boyd d. 1861

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Location

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

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / CAPTAIN JOHN MC.NEILL BOYD / OF HER MAJESTY'S SHIP AJAX / AND COMMANDING THE DUBLIN DISTRICT / OF THE IRISH COAST GUARD, / WHO PERISHED WITH FIVE OF HIS CREW / WHEN NOBLY ENDEAVOURING TO SAVE THE LIVES OF / SHIPWRECKED SEAMEN / IN A STORM AT KINGSTOWN, IRELAND, / FEBRUARY, 9TH, 1861.' [Base] 'THIS TABLLET HAS BEEN ERECTED IN HIGH APPRECIATION OF HIS SERVICES / AND ADMIRATION FOR HIS CHARACTER / BY HIS BROTHER OFFICERS OF HER MAJESTY'S NAVY'

Details

Description: The inscription on a carved scroll, a carved wreath above. The base on brackets carved with scallop shells.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Ajax

People

Boyd, John McNeill
Age:
Date of Death: 9/2/1861
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: HM Coastguard

Extra

Recorder: B B T, 1998

St Stephen's Old Church, Fylingthorpe, East Yorkshire, England

Location

St Stephen's Old Church, Fylingthorpe, East Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'In memory of/EDWARD GILLINS who was/unfortunately drowned with the/upsetting of the Life Boat in attempt/ing to save the crew belonging to the Brig/Ann of London on the rocks near RH Bay/February 4 1843 aged 31 years/Also MARTHA his wife died July 9th 1844 aged 26 years/Also of ISABELL daughter of EDWARD and MARTHA GILLINS/who died Nov ... 1843 aged [2] years'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: North Yorkshire
Vessel: Ann

People

Gillins, Edward
Age: 31
Date of Death: 4/2/1843
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: From Robin Hood's Bay
Bibliography: http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~stormrhb

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

Memorial tile at Postman’s Park, City of London commemorating Edmund Emery d. 1874

Location

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

Transcript

'EDMUND EMERY OF / 272 KING'S ROAD CHELSEA/PASSENGER / LEAPT FROM A THAMES / STEAMBOAT TO RESCUE A / CHILD AND WAS DROWNED / JULY 31 1874'

Details

Description: Painted tile.
Type: Memorial tile
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Tile
Artists: William de Morgan, Ernest George

People

Emery, Edmund
Age:
Date of Death: 31/7/1874
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The tiles are set in a memorial loggia or cloister set up at his own expense by the painter and sculptor G. F. Watts in 1899.
Bibliography: Philip Ward-Jackson 'Public Sculpture of the City of London' (Liverpool, 2003)pp. 295-97

St Paulinus Church, Paul, Cornwall, England

Memorial in Paul, Cornwall dedicated to the crew of the lifeboat ‘Solomon Brown’ lost in 1981.

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Location

St Paulinus Church, Paul, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'TO COMMEMORATE THE LOSS OF THE CREW / OF THE PENLEE LIFEBOAT SOLOMON BROWNE / ATTEMPTING TO SAVE THE CREW OF THE / UNION STARR OFF BOSCAWEN CLIFFS / 19 DECEMBER 1981 / COXSWAIN WILLIAM TREVELYAN RICHARDS / JAMES STEPHEN MADRON / NIGEL BROCKMAN / JOHN ROBERT BLEWETT / CHARLES THOMAS GREENHAUGH / KEVIN SMITH / BARRIE ROBERTSON TORRIE / GARY LEE WALLIS'

Details

Description: Bronze plaque on a granite plinth that supports a chalice within a lantern


Type: Memorial
Position: interior
Materials: granite, bronze
Vessel: Solomon Browne, Union Star

People

Blewitt, John Robert
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Brockman, Nigel
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Greenhaugh, Charles James
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Madron, James Stephen
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Richards, William Trevelyan
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Smith, Kevin
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Torrie, Barrie Robertson
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Wallis, Gary Lee
Age:
Date of Death: 19/12/1981
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

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Church of the Holy Spirit, Rye Harbour, East Sussex, England

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Church of the Holy Spirit, Rye Harbour, East Sussex, England

Transcript

'WE HAVE DONE THAT WHICH WAS OUR DUTY TO DO', 'TO THE MEMORY OF/THE 17 BRAVE/MEN, THE CREW OF THE/MARY STANFORD LIFE/BOAT WHO PERISHED/IN A HEAVY GALE WHILE/ GALLANTLY RESPONDING/TO THE CALL FOR HELP/FROM THE SS ALICE OF/RIGA ON THE MORNING OF/THE 15th NOVEMBER 1928' [On plaques round the grave] 'CHARLES SOUTHERDEN AGED 22 YEARS', 'LESLIE GEORGE CLARK AGED 24 YEARS', 'WILLIAM THOMAS ALBERT CLARK AGED 27 YEARS', 'WALTER IGGLESDEN AGED 38 YEARS', 'LEWIS ALEXANDER POPE AGED 21 YEARS', 'ROBERT HENRY POPE AGED 23 YEARS', 'CHAS FREDERICK DAVID POPE AGED 28 YEARS', ' JOSEPH STONHAM (2ND COXSWAIN) AGED 43 YEARS', 'HERBERT HEAD (COXSWAIN OF LIFEBOAT) AGED 47 YEARS', 'HENRY CUTTING (BOWMAN) AGED 39 YEARS', 'JOHN STANLEY HEAD AGED 17 YEARS', ' JAMES ALFRED HEAD AGED 19 YEARS', ' MORRISS DOWNEY AGED 23 YEARS', 'ARTHUR WILLIAM DOWNEY AGED 25 YEARS', 'ALBERT ERNEST SMITH AGED 44 YEARS', 'ALBERT ERNEST CUTTING AGED 26 YEARS', 'ROBERT REDVERS CUTTING AGED

Details

Description: Full-length statue of a lifeboatman.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1931
Vessel: Mary Stanford

People

Clark, Leslie George
Age: 24
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Clark, William Thomas Albert
Age: 27
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Cutting, Henry
Age: 39
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Cutting, Albert Ernest
Age: 26
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat
Organisation: RNLI
Cutting, Robert Redvers
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Downey, Morriss
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Downey, Arthur William
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Head, John Stanley
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
head, James Alfred
Age: 19
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Head, Herbert
Age: 47
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Igglesden, Walter
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Pope, Lewis Alexander
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Pope, Robert Henry
Age: 23
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Pope, Charles Frederick David
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Smith, Albert Ernest
Age: 44
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Southerden, Charles
Age: 22
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Stonham, Joseph
Age: 43
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Bibliography: Geoff Hutchinson 'The Mary Stanford Disaster' (Hastings, 1984) David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 103 (photograph).

Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Winchelsea, East Sussex, England

Location

Church of St Thomas the Apostle, Winchelsea, East Sussex, England

Transcript

'WILLIAM AND LESLIE CLARK, CHARLES ROBERT AND ALEX POPE, WALTER IGGLESDEN, ALBERT SMITH, CHARLES SOUTHERDEN, HERBERT HEAD 1ST COX, JOSEPH STONHAM 2ND COX, JAMES AND JOHN HEAD, HENRY CUTTING BOWMAN, ROBERT AND ERNEST CUTTING, ARTHUR AND MORRIS DOWNEY THESE MEN OF RYE HARBOUR CREW OF THE LIFEBOAT MARY STANFORD HAVING CONFIRMED BY THE HABIT OF A NOBLE SERVICE THE COURAGE HANDED DOWN TO THEM BY THEIR FATHERS WERE QUICK TO HEAR THE CRY OF HUMANITY ABOVE THE ROARING OF THE SEA IN THE DARKNESS OF THEIR SUPREME HOUR THEY STAYED NOT TO WEIGH DOUBT OR DANGER BUT FREELY OFFERING THEIR PORTION IN THIS LIFE FOR THE RANSOM OF MEN WHOM THEY HAD NEVER KNOWN THEY WENT BOLDLY INTO THE LAST OF ALL THEIR STORMS THEIR NAMES ARE RECORDED IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT THAT WE HAVE RECEIVED IN TRUST FOR ENGLAND THE MEMORY OF THEIR FAITHFULNESS AND LOVING KINDNESS'

Details

Description: Stained glass window of three lights depicting St Nicholas, St Augustine, Christ calming the storm. A family waiting on the shore beside a stormy sea below.
Type: Window
Artists: Douglas Strachan
Vessel: Mary Stanford

People

Clark, William
Age: 27
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Clark, Leslie
Age: 24
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cutting, Roberts
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cutting, Henry
Age: 39
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Bowman
Organisation:
Cutting, Albert
Age: 26
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Downey, Morriss
Age: 23
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Downey, Arthur
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Head, Herbert
Age: 47
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation:
Head, James
Age: 19
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Head, John
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Igglesden, Walter
Age: 38
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Charles
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Alex
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Robert
Age: 23
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Smith, Albert
Age: 44
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Southerden, Charles
Age: 22
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Stonham, Joseph
Age: 43
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Second coxswain
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Geoff Hutchinson 'The Mary Stanford Disaster' (Hastings, 1984).

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

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Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'ON DECEMBER 7TH 1899, IN RESPONSE TO / SIGNALS OF DISTRESS A CREW OF 18 BRAVE / MEN MANNED A LIFEBOAT "ALDEBURGH" / WHICH WAS SPEADILY LAUNCHED IN THE TEETH OF / AN EASTERLY GALE AND A HEAVY ROLLING SEA / AT DUTY'S CALL TO RESCUE OTHERS; / WITH THEIR OWN LIVES IN THEIR HANDS, / THESE BRAVE MEN WENT AFLOAT WHEN ALAS! / THE BOAT CAPSIZING SEVEN OF THEM MET THEIR / END AND LIE BURIED HERE. / BY A LARGE FUND PROMPTLY RAISED TO PROVIDE / FOR THOSE THUS SUDDENLY BEREFT, AS WELL AS / BY THE MONUMENT, FELLOW TOWNSMEN AND / FELLOW COUNTRYMEN, NEAR AND FAR PAID TRIBUTE / TO AN EXAMPLE OF NOBLE SELF-FORGETFULNESS' [Individual crosses] 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / JOHN BUTCHER / AGED 52 / 'DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / CHARLES CRISP / AGED 51 / 'GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / THOMAS MORRIS / AGED 38 / ' I WILL TRUST AND NOT BE AFRAID', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / WALTER GEORGE WARD / AGED 37 / 'THY WILL BE DONE', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / HERBERT WILLIAM DOWNING / AGED 23 / 'IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / JAMES MILLER WARD / AGED 21 / 'THE LORD HATH NEED OF HIM', ''IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / ALLAN ARTHURS EASTER / AGED 26 / 'GOD IS LOVE'.

Details

Description: A cross on top of a large rock on which are carved, lifejackets, coiled rope, a lifebuoy and blocks. Seven individual marble crosses have leaded inscriptions to the casualties.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Marble
Artists: R. Andre
Vessel: Aldeburgh

People

Butcher, John
Age: 52
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Crisp, Charles
Age: 51
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Downing, Herbert William
Age: 23
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Easter, Allan Arthurs
Age: 26
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Morris, Thomas
Age: 36
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Ward, Walter
Age: 33
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Ward, James Miller
Age: 21
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:

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Notes: Sighted 2008.