Category Archives: Lifesaving

All Saint's Church, Hilgay, Norfolk, England

Wall tablet in All Saint’s Church, Hilgay, Norfolk commemorating George William Manby d. 1854 inventor of the Manby Mortar

Location

All Saint's Church, Hilgay, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'IN THE CHURCHYARD NEAR THIS SPOT / REST THE BONES OF / GEORGE WILLIAM MANBY CAPT - F.R.S. / A NAME TO BE REMEMBERED AS LONG AS THERE CAN BE / A STRANDED SHIP / HE DIED NOVR 18, 1854, / AGED 88 YEARS. / OUT OF HIS EIGHT BROTHERS AND SISTERS. / THE LARGE MARBLE STONE ALSO RECORDED THE DEATHS / OF MARY JANE AUGUST 3RD 1772 AGED 10 YEARS. / JOHN MAY 20TH 1783 AGED 11 / AND OF TWO INFANTS. / The public should have paid this tribute'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Date Erected: 1863

People

Manby, George William
Age: 88
Date of Death: 18/11/1854
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Inventor
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Inventor of the Manby Mortar, for getting a line from the shore to vessels in difficulty, and the fire extinguisher.

Bibliography: William Barr 'Harpoon guns, the lost Greenland settlement and penal colonies: George Manby's Arctic obsessions', 'Polar Record' vol. 37, pp. 291-314.

Appledore, Devon, England

Memorial in Appledore, Devon commemorating David Johns d. 1868

Location

Appledore, Devon, England

Transcript

'IN REMEMBRANCE / OF / DAVID JOHNS / COMMISSION / BOATMAN, COAST GUARD, / DROWNED IN BIDEFORD BAY, / WHILST NOBLY ASSISTING / TO SAVE THE CREW OF / THE LEOPARD, / 28 DEC, 1868 / AGED 36 YEARS / ELDEST SON OF DAVID AND GRACE / JOHNS OF MILFORD HAVEN'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Materials: Slate
Vessel: Leopard

People

Johns, David
Age:
Date of Death: 28/12/1868
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Boatman
Organisation: HM Coastguard

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Cemetery, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Monument dedicated to those lost when the lifeboat ‘James Stevens’ capsized in 1900.

Location

Cemetery, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Details

Type: Monument
Materials: Granite
Vessel: James Stevens, Peace & Plenty

People

Bate, John
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
East, Sidney
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: RNLI
Grubb, David
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Grubb, James
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
Kane, Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
Martin, John
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: RNLI
Old, James
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation: RNLI
Stephens, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: The lifeboat 'James Stevens' capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the 'Peace & Plenty'of Lowestoft.
Bibliography: Sheila Bird 'Mayday: preserving life from shipwreck off Cornwall'(Bradford, 1991)

St German's Church, Rame, Cornwall, England

Memorial in Rame, Cornwall dedicated to S. F. Hall d. 1915

Location

St German's Church, Rame, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'Chief Petty Officer S F Hall 147893 HM Coast Guard Died 11 April 1915 aged 42'

Details

People

Hall, S. F.
Age: 42
Date of Death: 11/4/1915
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Chief Petty Officer RN
Organisation: Coastguard

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Cemetery, Margate, Kent, England

Memorial in Margate Cemetery, Kent commemorating the nine crew of the Margate Surfboat ‘Friend to All Nations’ who died when she capsized 2nd December 1897

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Location

Cemetery, Margate, Kent, England

Transcript

‘IN / MEMORY / OF / NINE HEROIC MEN / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BY THE / CAPSIZING OF THE / MARGATE SURF BOAT / FRIEND TO ALL NATIONS / IN ATTEMPTING / TO ASSIST A VESSEL IN DISTRESS AT SEA / 2ND DEC. 1897' [on lifebelt] 'MARGATE SURF BOAT'.

Details

Description: In form of a rock. A smoothed area bears the inscription beside which is carved a mourning woman in contemporary dress holding a wreath. At the top of the rock is a life belt, anchor and tangled ropes.
Type: Monument
Materials: Marble
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
Age: 54
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:
Cook, William
Age: 28
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cook, Robert
Age: 26
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Crunden, Edward
Age: 31
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Dike, John
Age: 41
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Gill, William
Age: 35
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Ladd, George
Age: 38
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Troughton, Charles
Age: 40
Date of Death: 2/12/1897
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Paid for by national disaster fund sponsored by the 'Daily Telegraph’

Also Memorial Statue on Margate Sea front, see M4988

Town centre, Helston, Cornwall, England

Memorial in Helston, Cornwall dedicated to Henry Trengrouse d. 1854

Location

Town centre, Helston, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'Gun from H.M.S. Anson wrecked on Loe bar, Porthleven 29th December 1807. This gun was salvaged by naval skin divers of the ship's company H.M.S. Seahawk. The mounting and carriage replica of the original was constructed at H.M.S. Seahawk and presented by the descendants of Henry Trengrouse of Helston inventor of the life saving line throwing apparatus as a tribute to his memory 26 November 1965'

Details

Vessel: HMS Anson

People

Trengrouse, Henry
Age:
Date of Death: 1854
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996).pp. 61-2 (illustration).

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

Wall tablet at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Rye Harbour commemorating the crew of the lifeboat ‘Mary Stanford’ lost in 1928

Location

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

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE UNDERNAMED / 17 MEMBERS OF THE CREW OF THE RYE HARBOUR LIFE BOAT / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON THE 15TH NOVEMBER 1928, WHEN GALLANTLY PROCEEDING, IN / VERY ROUGH WEATHER, TO THE RESCUE OF THE CREW OF THE 'ALICE' OF RIGA / HERBERT HEAD, AGED 47 YEARS (COXSWAIN) / JOSEPH STONHAM AGED 43 YEARS (SECOND COXSWAIN) / HENRY CUTTING, AGED 39 YEARS (BOWMAN) / ALBERT ERNEST SMITH, AGED 44 YEARS / WALTER IGGLESDEN, AGED 38 YEARS / CHARLES FREDERICK DAVID POPE, AGED 28 YEARS / ROBERTS REDVERS CUTTING, AGED 28 YEARS / WILLIAM THOMAS ALBERT CLARK, AGED 27 YEARS / ALBERT ERNEST CUTTING, AGED 26 YEARS / ARTHUR WILLIAM DOWNEY, AGED 25 YEARS / LESLIE GEORGE CLARK, AGED 24 YEARS / ROBERT HENRY POPE, AGED 23 YEARS / MORRISS JAMES DOWNEY, AGED 23 YEARS / CHARLES SOUTHERDEN, AGED 22 YEARS / LEWIS ALEXANDER POPE, AGED 21 YEARS / JAMES ALFRED HEAD, AGED 19 YEARS / JOHN STANLEY HEAD, AGED 17 YEARS / GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS / THIS TABLET OF MANX STONE WAS ERECTED BY PEOPLE OF THE ISLE OF MAN / THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE ROYAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION'

Details

Description: Carved with a celtic knot border with celtic crosses in the corners.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Manx stone
Vessel: Mary Stanford

People

Clark, Leslie
Age: 24
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Clark, William
Age: 27
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

Notes: The crew died when their lifeboat 'Mary Stanford' capsized in Rye Harbour. The boat itself washed up on the beach.
Bibliography: Geoff Hutchinson 'The Mary Stanford Disaster' (Hastings, 1984).

South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England

Memorial on the South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire commemorating the crew of the lifeboat ‘Laura Janet’ who died in 1886  attempting to rescue the crew of the ‘Mexico’

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Location

South Promenade, Lytham St Annes, Lancashire, England

Transcript

'THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED / BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION / IN MEMORY OF / WILLIAM JOHNSON COXSWAIN / CHARLES TIMS SUB COXSWAIN / OLIVER HODSON BOWMAN / THOMAS BONNEY / JAMES BONNEY / NICHOLAS PARKINSON / JAMES M. DOBSON / JAMES JOHNSON / RICHARD FISHER / JOHN P. WIGNALL / THOMAS PARKINSON / JAMES HARRISON/REUBEN A. TIMS / THE CREW OF THE ST ANNES LIFEBOAT / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES BY A GALLANT ATTEMPT TO RESCUE THE CREW/OF THE GERMAN BARQUE MEXICO / WRECKED OFF SOUTHPORT ON THE NIGHT OF THE 9TH DECEMBER 1886.'

Details

Description: Lifeboatman standing on a rock.
Type: Memorial
Date Erected: 1887
Artists: William Birnie Rhind
Vessel: Laura Janet, Mexico

People

Bonney, Thomas
Age:
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Bonney, James
Age:
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Dobson, James M.
Age: 22
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Fisher, Richard
Age: 49
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Harrison, James
Age: 19
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Hodson, Oliver
Age: 39
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Johnson, William
Age: 35
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Johnson, James
Age: 45
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Parkinson, Nicholas
Age: 22
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Parkinson, Thomas
Age: 28
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman
Organisation:
Tims, Charles
Age: 43
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:
Tims, Reuben
Age: 30
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fish dealer
Organisation:
Wignall, John P.
Age: 20
Date of Death: 9/12/1886
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: lifeboatman; fisherman
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Commemorates the men of lifeboat 'Laura Janet' who were lost in an attempt to rescue the crew of the German barque 'Mexico'. The figure on the top, though intended to represent the whole crew, is supposed to have the features of the coxswain William Johnson. Signed 'W.B. RHIND. SC. EDINBURGH'.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 84; J.C. Dibden and John Ayling 'The Book of the Lifeboat' (Edinburgh and London, 1894) p. 18.

Poole Cemetery, Poole, Dorset, England

Gravestone in Poole Cemetery, Dorset, commemorating John Hughes d. 1908

Location

Poole Cemetery, Poole, Dorset, England

Transcript

'JOHN HUGHES, / LATE COXSWAIN / POOLE AND BOURNEMOUTH LIFE-BOAT. / Born June 18th 1838. / Died October 19th 1908. / Also of HARRIETT HUGHES, / WIFE OF THE ABOVE / Born August 31st 1836. / Died July 14th 1908. / LIFE-BOATMEN NEVER TURN BACK.'

Details

Description: Headstone with text engraved. Above the text is a carving of a lifeboat from the era before engines were used. The lifeboatmen are rowing through a stormy sea, with the coxswain standing at the tiller facing them and the direction of travel. The text is badly damaged.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Stone

People

Hughes, John Jackson
Age: 70
Date of Death: 19/10/1908
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: John Jackson Hughes was lifeboat coxswain at Poole for 17 years from March 1882 to September 1899. From 1882, the Poole and Bournemouth Lifeboat was named 'Boy's Own No. 2' as it was a gift from the Boy's Own Magazine. John Hughes' next lifeboat was the 'City Masonic Club' from 1897, being a donation from the freemasons of the City of London. During his tenure as coxswain, John Hughes' crew saved fifty lives.
Bibliography: Hawkes, A. 'Lifeboatmen Never Turn Back.' (Poole Historical Trust, 1995). Poole Lifeboat Museum www.poole-lifeboats.org.uk. 'The Boy's Own Paper', 1882, pp. 316-7.

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.