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St Anthony's Church, St Anthony in Roseland, Cornwall, England

Memorial at St Antony in Roseland, Cornwall to Rear-Admiral Sir Richard Spry d. 1775

Location

St Anthony's Church, St Anthony in Roseland, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'SIR RICHARD SPRY, KT/ REAR ADMIRAL OF THE WHITE /
SEVERAL YEARS COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF H.M. SHIPS / IN NORTH-AMERICA, THE MEDITERRANEAN, AND PLYMOUTH. / HE WAS ENVOY TO THE EMPEROR OF MOROCCO / AND THE STATES OF BARBARY. /
HE DIED ON THE 25TH OF NOVEMBER 1775, AGED 60 YEARS. /
THIS MONUMENT AS A TESTIMONY OF GRATITUDE IS ERECTED / BY HIS AFFECTIONATE NEPHEW ADMIRAL THOMAS SPRY.'

Details

Description: Marble wall tablet, the relief in the shape of a gothic arch. The the right, seated Britannia leaning on an urn, facing the stern of a naval vessel.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble
Date Erected: Circa 1799
Artists: R. Westmacott

People

Spry, Richard
Age: 60
Date of Death: 25/11/1775
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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Culross, Fife, Scotland,

Memorial plaque in Culross, Scotland dedicated to  Rear-Admiral Thomas Cochrane d. 1860

Location

Culross, Fife, Scotland,

Transcript

"Cochrane Haven is so named as a tribute to Admiral Thomas Cochrane, 10th Earl of Dundonald (1775-1860), who spent his youth in Culross. he entered the Royal Navy in 1793 and fought in the Napoleonic Wars. He served on many ships, two of which-HMS Barfleur and HMS Queen Charlotte-were commanded by Admiral Lord Keith of nearby Tuliallan estate. After a period of service as an MP for Westminster, he left Britain and is acknowledged as a hero in Chile, Peru, Brazil and Greece, all countries he helped to independence.

In 1828, Admiral Cochrane returned to Great Britain and spent many years in marine engineering research. He was also Commander-in-Chief of the North America and West Indies Station from 1848-1851.

He is buried in Westminster Abbey.

This plaque, placed here in 1995 replaces an original installed in November 1939 by HMS Cochrane, Rosyth, and the National Trust for Scotland."

Details

Description: Simple wall plaque in black.
Type: Plaque
Date Erected: 1995
Vessel: HMS Speedy, HMS Pallas, HMS Imperieuse, HMS Arab,

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Cochrane, Thomas
Age: 84
Date of Death: 1860
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Rear Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Thomas Cochrane remains one of Britain's most distinguished and controversial Admirals.

St Mary's, Portsea Island, Portsmouth, England

Wall tablet in St Mary’s, Portsea Island, Portsmouth dedicated to William Henry Smith. d. 1891

Location

St Mary's, Portsea Island, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

"TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF / THE RIGHT HONOURABLE / WILLIAM HENRY SMITH. M.P. / FIRST LORD OF THE ADMIRALTY 1877-1880. / FIRST LORD OF THE TREASURY 1887-1891. / BORN JUNE 24th 1825. AT REST OCT 6th 1891 / BY WHOSE MUNIFICENT BENEFACTIONS THIS CHURCH / WAS MAINLY BUILT AND TO WHOSE UNFAILING / SYMPATHY AND WISE COUNCIL THE PARISH OF PORTSEA OWES A DEBT WHICH IT CAN NEVER PAY / THIS WINDOW WAS DEDICATED ON THE FESTIVAL OF ALL SAINTS NOV 1st 1892"

Details

Description: Ornate marble window dedication plate.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Date Erected: 1892

People

Smith, William Henry
Age: 66
Date of Death: 1891
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: M.P.
Organisation: Government Minister

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Notes: William Henry Smith is most commonly associated with both, the chain of stationary stores 'W.H. Smiths' and also the character of 'Sir Joseph Porter' in Gilbert and Sullivan's, 1878, comic opera 'HMS Pinafore'.

Despite never having served a day at sea, William Henry Smith rose, uniquely, to become First Lord of the Admiralty despite his lack of any naval experience.

Following his death in 1891 his widow and decedents were granted the hereditary title of Viscount Hambleden.

Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, London.

Memorial statue in Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, London, dedicated to Albert McKenzie. d. 1918

Location

Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, London.

Transcript

"ABLE SEAMAN ALBERT EDWARD MCKENZIE / BORN BERMONDSEY 23RD OCTOBER 1898 / HMS VINDICTIVE, ZEEBRUGGE RAID 23RD APRIL, 1918 / DIED CHATHAM 3RD NOVEMBER 1918 / AWARDED THE VICTORIA CROSS FOR / "MOST CONSPICUOUS GALLANTRY / OUR LOCAL HERO"

Details

Description: Steel statue in the likenesses of McKenzie designed in contemporary style, atop a concrete plinth made from a section of the harbour at Zeebrugge.
Type: Statue
Materials: Steel
Date Erected: 24 October 2015
Vessel: HMS Vindictive

Event

1918

Event Date

Zeebrugge Raid

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

McKenzie, Albert
Age: 20
Date of Death: 1918
Cause of Death: Infectious Disease
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: The Zeebrugge Raid was an attempt by the British Royal Navy, during the First World War, to try and knock out the Belgian port of Bruges-Zeebrugge in use throughout the war as an Imperial German Naval base for submarines.

The raid took place on the 23rd April 1918 and Albert McKenzie there distinguished himself for his heroic dedication to duty and to his comrades. An able seaman aboard the lead ship in the raid, HMS Vindictive, McKenzie armed with a Lewis gun dutifully followed his commanding officer onto the harbour and fought gallantly throughout the action. Despite having his gun shot from his hands, McKenzie, a proficient boxer, fought his way through the German ranks to get back to his ship, in-spite of having received multiple wounds in both the back and the foot. For his bravery, zeal and conspicuous gallantry he was awarded the Victoria Cross. However, a few weeks after the raid he unfortunately contracted the Spanish Flu and perished, aged 20, on the 3 November 1918.

McKenzie was the first sailor from London to receive the Victoria Cross. He is burred in Camberwell Old Cemetery.

Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland

Memorial in Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland dedicated to Frederick Parslow VC, d. 1915

Location

Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Ireland

Transcript

"F.D. PARSLOW. VC / MASTER / S.S. "ANGLO-CALIFORNIAN" / 4th JULY 1915, AGE 59 / AT THE GOING DOWN / OF THE SUN / AND IN THE MORNING / WE WILL REMEMBER THEM"

Details

Description: Stone headstone, with a crowned naval anchor in rope above the transcript and the carved image of a Victoria Cross below.
Type: Headstone
Vessel: Anglo-Californian

Event Date

1915

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Parslow, Frederick
Age: 59
Date of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: War Casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Merchant Marine

Extra

Notes: Parslow distinguished himself in action against the German submarine U-39 on the 4th July 1915.
It was for this action that Parslow won his Victoria Cross. Commanding the merchant ship Anglo-Californian, Parslow was responsible for some 3,000 horses destined for the war effort.
The Anglo-Californian, travelling without escort, came under contact from U-39 and sustained heavy damage. Parslow under great personal risk continued to alter his ships course and in doing so, successfully staved off destruction. However, as Parslow had opted to remain on the ship's bridge, without protection, he was killed when the bridge was wrecked. Following Parslow's death and in lieu of a captain, the ship's first mate and Parslow's son, succeeded to command the Anglo-Californian and managed to ward off U-39 until two British destroyers arrived on scene to render assistance and drive the submarine away.

For his gallantry Parslow was posthumously awarded a commission in the Royal Navy Reserve, after much debate, that he may be awarded the Victoria Cross for his distinguished command, and his disregard for personal safety that saved his crew and cargo.

See also M6602.

Islington Green, Islington, London, England

Plaque in Islington Green, Islington, London dedicated to Frederick Parslow VC. d. 1915

Location

Islington Green, Islington, London, England

Transcript

"Master Frederick Parslow / Mercantile Marine / 4th July 1915"

Details

Description: Stone circle floor plaque with an intricate carving of a Victoria Cross above the transcript.
Type: Plaque
Date Erected: 04/07/2015
Vessel: Anglo-Californian

Event Date

1915

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Parslow, Frederick
Age: 59
Date of Death: 1915
Cause of Death: War Casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Merchant Marine

Extra

Notes: Parslow distinguished himself in action against the German submarine U-39 on the 4th July 1915.
It was for this action that Parslow won his Victoria Cross. Commanding the merchant ship Anglo-Californian, Parslow was responsible for some 3,000 horses destined for the war effort.
The Anglo-Californian, travelling without escort, came under contact from U-39 and sustained heavy damage. Parslow under great personal risk continued to alter his ships course and in doing so, successfully staved off destruction. However, as Parslow had opted to remain on the ship's bridge, without protection, he was killed when the bridge was wrecked. Following Parslow's death and in lieu of a captain, the ship's first mate and Parslow's son, succeeded to command the Anglo-Californian and managed to ward off U-39 until two British destroyers arrived on scene to render assistance and drive the submarine away.

For his gallantry Parslow was posthumously awarded a commission in the Royal Navy Reserve, after much debate, that he may be awarded the Victoria Cross for his distinguished command, and his disregard for personal safety that saved his crew and cargo.

See also M6603.

St Helen's Bishopsgate, City of London, England

Memorial in St Helen’s Bishopsgate to Sir Andrew Judde d. 1558

Location

St Helen's Bishopsgate, City of London, England

Transcript

[Right hand panel] 'To rvssia and mussova / To spayne gynny withovte fable / Traveld he by land and sea / Bothe mayre of London and staple / The commenwelthe he norished / So worthelie in all his daies / That ech state fvllwell him loved / To his perpetvall prayes'. [Left-hand panel] 'Three wyves he had one was mary / Fower svnes one mayde had he by her / Annys had none by him trvly / By dame mary had one dowghtier / Thvs in the month of September / A thowsande fyve hvnderd fyftey / And eyght died this worthie stapler / Worshipynge his posterytye.' [Below] 'Sr. ANDREW JUDDE Knt.'

Details

Description: A small painted wall monument of two bays divided and flanked by Corinthian columns, above, an entablature on which is an achievement of arms. Each bay has a round arch with carved spandrels and a mask at the apex; below the arches are kneeling figures of a man and four sons and wife and one daughter, with a prayer desk on each side of the middle column.
Type: Wall monument
Position: East wall
Materials: Stone

People

Extra

Notes: Judde could not have visited Russia or Guinea, see H.S. Vere Hodge's biography. Elspeth M. Veale suggests that his voyages have been confused with those of Thomas Bannister.
Bibliography: Survey of London: Volume 9, the Parish of St Helen, Bishopsgate, Part I. (LCC, 1924); H.S. Vere Hodge 'Sir Andrew Judde' (Tonbridge, circa 1953) pp. 82-109.

Temple Church, City of London, England

Memorial at Temple Church, City of London to William Cock d. 1724

Location

Temple Church, City of London, England

Transcript

‘Near this Pillar Lies / The body of William Cock Esqr / Descended from an Ancient Family, of the / Town and County of New-Castle upon Tyne. /He was at first at Volunteer in the Royal Navy and / initiated in Action at the ever famous / Battle of La / Hogue in 1692, under the Command of the Honble George / Churchill (Brother to the Renowned John Duke of Marlbroh) / Who being convinced of his Springing Worth and Spectator / of his Active and courageous Behaviour / from that Time became / His Friend and Patron. After which he was honoured with the / command of sundry ships of war in the Several Reigns of King / William the third, Queen Anne of Blessed Memory, (to whom / his Heart and service were entirely devoted) and also of his / present Majesty King George: in which services he acquitted / Himself with Zeal and Fidelity to his Prince and Country. He was an able and expert officer, stead and always collected in Ac / tion, Abounded in polite Litterature, / of an exquisite and clear / Judgement and Usefull Science: Never was a more sincere friend / or a greater Enemy to Dissimu - / lation, Equalled by Few, Excelled by None, in the / constant Practice of all social virtues. At length on the 26th / of November 1724 / He paid the inevitable Debt of / Nature and entred / into Immortality, Most deservedly / lamented by his / Companions in several Naval Engagements / wherein He eminently distinguished / Himself, and by All Others that knew / his many excellent Qualities / Aetat: 49.’

Details

Description: White marble, oval cartouche, surmounted by a coat of arms, flanked by naval and military trophies.
Type: Wall memorial
Position: South west of the round
Materials: White marble

Event

Battle of La Hogue

Event Date

19/5/1692

Event Category

War of the English Succession

People

Cock, William
Age: 49
Date of Death: 26/11/1724
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: This memorial was apparently destroyed during the bombing of Temple Church on 10 May 1941.
Bibliography: Mrs Arundell Esdaile ‘Temple Church Monuments’ (1933, London) p. 136

St Nicholas Church, Rochester, Kent

Memorial in Rochester, Kent dedicated to John Austen.

Location

St Nicholas Church, Rochester, Kent

Transcript

HERE LYETH YE BODY OF HENRY LEAFE SOMETIME MAIOR OF YS CIT & ALSO YE BODY OF HENRY AUSTEN GRANDCHILDE OF YE SAID HENRY LEAFE, ALSO YE BODY OF ELIZABETH DAUGHTER OF HENRY LEAFE, MOTHER TO YE SAID HENRY AUSTEN & WIFE TO JOHN AUSTEN ESQR: ONE OF YE 4 MASTERS OF HIS MA'TIES: NAVYE & SOMETIME MAIOR OF YS CITY, ALSO YE BODY OF ELIZABETH AUSTEN, DAUGHTER OF THOMAS AUSTEN ESQR: ONE OF YE 4 MASTERS OF HIS MA'TIES: NAVYE, SONNE OF YE SAID JOHN AUSTEN, SHEE WAS AGED 22 YEARS: & DECEASED YE 7TH MARCH 1635

Details

People

Austen, John
Age: unknown
Date of Death: unknown
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: unkown
Organisation: unkown

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Malborough Church, Devon

Memorial in Malborough, Devon commemorating James Ash d. 1846

Location

Malborough Church, Devon

Transcript

James Ash, drowned 1846, 17th August aged 44.

Details

Position: Churchyard

People

Ash, Jones
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 1846
Cause of Death: Maritime Accident
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

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