Category Archives: Lifesaving

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

Extra

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.

Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Memorial in Hong Kong Cemetery commemorating  Thomas Edgar Jones RN d. 1900

Location

Hong Kong Cemetery, Happy Valley, Hong Kong, China, Rest of the World

Transcript

'Sacred to the memory of Thomas Edgar JONES, Blacksmith H.M.S. 'Goliath', who lost his life while gallantly trying to rescue his shipmate July 27th 1900 aged 26 years. Erected by the Officers and Ship's Company of H.M.S. 'Goliath'. Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. John XV 13'

Details

Description: Headstone with foul anchor in relief above the inscription.
Type: Headstone
Vessel: HMS Goliath

People

Jones, Thomas Edgar
Age: 26
Date of Death: 27/7/1900
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Blacksmith
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: See William McNicol.
Recorder: Christine Thomas

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

Memorial at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk commemorating Thomas Cable, RNLI d. 1855 and Thomas Cable, RNLI d. 1859

Location

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

Transcript

'Thomas Cable, accidentally drowned by the upsetting of the Aldboro' Life boat 21 Dec 1859 aged 58. Thomas Cable, son of the above, drowned while endeavouring to save the crew of a Swedish Brig, wrecked on Orford Ness beach 3 Nov 1855 aged 35 years'

Details

Vessel: Pascoe, Vesta, Unity

People

Cable, Thomas
Age: 58
Date of Death: 21/12/1859
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Cable, Thomas
Age: 35
Date of Death: 3/11/1855
Cause of Death: Drowning
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: Thomas Cable senior drowned on 21st December 1859, during the rescue of the Whitby brig, 'Unity'. The lifeboat, 'Pascoe' capsized in heavy seas. Thomas Cable junior lost his life when he attempted to swim to the rescue of the Swedish brig, 'Vesta', on 3rd November 1855. The 'Vesta' had been washed ashore in a gale. Cable and other managed to rescue seven of nine crew members.

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:

Extra

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

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

Memorial at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk commemorating the crew of the ‘Aldeburgh’ who lost their lives when the lifeboat capsized on 7th December 1899.

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Location

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

Transcript

'A: GREATER . LOVE . HATH . NO . MAN . THAN . THIS . THAT . A . MAN . LAY . DOWN . HIS . LIFE / THIS . TABLET . IS . ERECTED . BY . THEIR . TOWNSMEN . / AND . WOMEN . IN . PROUD . AND . GRATEFUL . MEMORY . OF / JNO BUTCHER . AGED . 52 . YEARS . WALR. WARD . AGED 33 . YEARS / CHAS CRISP . AGED 51 YEARS . YEARS . ALLN A. EASTER . AGED . 28 . YEARS / THOS MORRIS . AGED . 36 . YEARS . H.W. DOWNING . AGED . 23 . YEARS / JAS M . WARD . AGED 21 . YEARS / WHO . LOST . THEIR . LIVES . BY . THE . CAPSIZING . OF / THE . LIFEBOAT "ALDEBURGH" . DEC . 7TH . 1899. / "THY WAY IS IN THE SEA, AND THY PATHS IN THE GREAT / WATERS, AND THY FOOTSTEPS ARE NOT KNOWN'

Details

Description: Nowy-headed, cartouche-shaped panel in hammered copper on a green marble base. An oval relief of the lifeboat, between two foul anchors above the main part of the inscription.
Type: Wall plaque
Position: West wall Nave
Materials: Copper, green marble
Vessel: Aldeburgh

People

Butcher, John
Age: 52
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Crisp, Charles
Age: 51
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Downing, Herbert William
Age: 21
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Easter, Allan Arthur
Age: 28
Date of Death: 24/3/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Morris, Thomas
Age: 36
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Ward, Walter George
Age: 33
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Ward, James Miller
Age: 21
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: The lifeboat was launched in an easterly gale on December 7th 1899 in response to distress signals from the Shipwash Lightship. The boat capsized off the south end of the town and was driven onto the beach upside down. Twelve of the 18 crew, extricated themselves and swam ashore but six were trapped under the boat. James Miller Ward was pulled out from under the bows, just alive, but could not be revived. The 'Times' reported that a 'number of women distinguished themselves in the rescue of the men saved.' Allan Arthur Easter died later, on March 24 1900 as a result of his injuries.
Bibliography: 'Aldeburgh Church Monthly' Sept. 1900. 'The Times' 8 Dec 1899 p. 9 and 9 Dec p.8.