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St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Swaffham, Norfolk

Memorial gravestone at St Peter and St Paul’s churchyard, Swaffham, Norfolk, commemorating Admiral Sir Arthur Knyvet Wilson, RN d. 1921

Location

St Peter and St Paul’s Church, Swaffham, Norfolk

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET / SIR ARTHUR KNYVET WILSON BART. / V.C., G.C.B., O.M., G.C.V.O., D.C.L. / DIED MAY 25 1921 / AGED 79 YEARS. / 'NONE OF US LIVETH TO HIMSELF' / ROMANS XIV.7 /

KATHERINE KNYVET WILSON / DIED DEC 20 1931 / AGED 86 YEARS / ‘WHETHER WE LIVE THEREFORE, OR DIE, WE ARE THE LORD’S’ / ROMANS XIV.8'

Details

Description: Gravestone with foul anchor in circle above the texts.
Type: Gravestone
Position: East graveyard
Materials: Limestone

Extra

Notes: Also memorial brass in the church M6343.

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Wall tablet at St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire commemorating Captain Michael Everitt RN d. 1776

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'In Memory / of Captain MICHAEL EVERITT / of the Royal NAVY / who departed this Life / the 13th of Sept. 1776 / Age 59 Years / Also ELIZABTH Wife of / Capt. MICHAEL EVERITT / who died the 25th day of / April 1798, Aged 75 Years.'

Details

Description: Plain wall tablet.
Type: Wall tablet

People

Everitt, Michael
Age: 59
Date of Death: 1776
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Sighted B. Tomlinson 2018

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Memorial at St Peter and St Paul, Fareham commemorating Captain George Thomas Maitland Purvis RN d. circa 1870 in Japan

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'In Loving Memory of / GEORGE THOMAS MAITLAND PURVIS, CAPTN. R.N. / ELDEST SON OF, / CAPTN. G.T.M. PURVIS, R.N. AND MARY JANE, HIS WIFE, / OF BLACKBROOK COTTAGE, FAREHAM, HANTS, / WHO DIED (AFTER AND ILLNESS OF FOUR DAYS ONLY,) / AT YOKOHAMA, JAPAN, / IN THE 51ST YEAR OF HIS AGE. / I GO HENCE LIKE THE SHADOW THAT DEPARTETH PSALM 109 VERSE 22 / THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY A FEW, AMONGST MANY / THAT FONDLY LOVED HIM'

Details

Description: Plain wall tablet.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Nave
Materials: Stone

People

Purvis, George Thomas Maitland
Age: 51
Date of Death: 1870
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Born 1829.

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Wall tablet at St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire commemorating Captain James Thresher d. 1794

Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'Sacred to the Memory / of / Captn. JAMES THRESHER / of the Royal Navy / who died at St John's Newfoundland / on the 9th March 1794 / in the 26th Year of his Age.'

Details

Description: In relief, above the inscription tablet a draped urn and a curved-sided pedestal carved with a foul anchor. On either side, naval trophies. The carved and painted family arms on the apron.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: West end nave
Materials: Marble

People

Thresher, James
Age: 26
Date of Death: 9/3/1794
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018

St Mary's Cemetery, Chennai, India

Memorial at St Mary’s Cemetery, Chennai commemorating Gilbert Geddes Richardson d. 1805

Location

St Mary's Cemetery, Chennai, India

Transcript

'G.G RICHARDSON 58 YEARS / on 3th August 1805 / I would write thy Eulogy / But my Tears blind me C.E.R.'

Details

Description: Horizontal stone slab, the inscription on an attached piece of stone.
Type: Ledger
Position: XVII 57
Materials: Stone

People

Richardson, Gilbert Geddes
Age: 39
Date of Death: 30/8/1805
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Notes: Erected by his wife Catherine Eliza Richardson, formerly Scott. Gilbert Richardson commanded 'country ships' on voyages to China and Manila Bay.
Bibliography: 'Chowkidar' vol. 15, no. 1, Spring 2018, pp. 2-4.
Recorder: Tim Willasey-Wilsey

Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina

Memorial  in Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina commemorating George Oiller Crumby d. 1887

Location

Chubut, Patagonia, Argentina

Transcript

[Bronze plate] 'GEORGE CRUMBY CAPT FORETOP / HMS RUBY - DEAD MAY 15TH 1887 / AGE XXIX'

Details

Description: Oak cross (now fallen) with a contemporary bronze plaque and four other plaques left at later dates by the Argentinian Navy.
Type: Cross
Materials: Oak, Bronze
Vessel: HMS Ruby

People

Crumby, George Oiller
Age: 29
Date of Death: 15/5/1887
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Captain of the Foretop
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Died from injuries received by an explosion of gun cotton whilst at torpedo practice off Monte Video on the 2nd May 1887 see memorial card REL0504. See blog by Patricio Donato.
Recorder: Patricio Donato 2018

Old English Cemetery, Livorno, Italy

Gravestone in the Old English Cemetery, Livorno, Italy commemorating John Wood d. 1653

Location

Old English Cemetery, Livorno, Italy

Transcript

'D.O.M. / CONDITUR HOC LAPIDE / JOH. WOOD ANGLUS / NAVIS PELLEGRINI CAPITANEUS / INSIGNE PIETATE ET SAPIENTIA ET FORTITUDINE VIR / QUI DEI TIMORE ET AMORE PATRIAE INFLAMMATUS / VITAM NAVEMQUE AMISIT / IN INFELICI ILLO PRAELIO ADVERSOS BATAVOS / IN HOC PORTU / PRID. ID MAR MDCLII'. [Translation] 'John Wood Englishman is buried under this stone, captain of the ship 'Peregrine' a man distinguished for piety, wisdom and courage, who feared God and was inspired by love of his country. He lost his ship and his life in an unfortunate battle with the Dutch and died in this port 14 March 1652 (old style).'

Details

Description: Hipped grave slab, possibly a 19th century replacement.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Peregrine

Event

Battle of Leghorn

Event Date

1653

Event Category

1652-1654 First Anglo-Dutch war

People

Wood, John
Age: 32
Date of Death: 14/3/1653
Cause of Death: War Casualty
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: Six English merchantmen had been blockaded in Livorno. They accepted naval command under Commodore Henry Appleton and made an unsuccessful attempt to break out before reinforcements arrived. Wood was wounded in an action with the Dutch and died ten days later.
Bibliography: Michael M . Wood 'John Wood, Master of the Peregrine and his forgotten Italian Grave', 'Genealogists' Magazine' vol 32, pp. 304-310 (London, Dec 2017)

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Memorial commemorating the children of Thomas McGregor d. 1858, the Howff, Dundee

Location

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Transcript

'Dedicated / By / THOMAS MCGREGOR / Shipmaster Dundee / AND / ANN ELINSHALL / His wife: / to perpetuate the memory of / their children viz; / ALEXANDER who died 31st March / 1820 Aged 22 ...' [The remainder of the inscription worn away]. [Reverse] 'Weep not for me but be content / I was not yours but only lent / Wipe of [sic] those tears and weep no more / I was not yours but gone before'.

Details

Description: Headstone with a shield containing the masonic symbols of a compass and set square above the inscription on the front and a cutter-rigged vessel carved on the reverse.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Sandstone

People

McGregor, Thomas
Age: 65
Date of Death: 1858
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Shipmaster
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: Missing inscription - the names Thomas 1836 and Eliza 1852 are just readable.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2017
Photographer: B. Tomlinson 2017

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Gravestone erected by John Wishart d. 1845 at The Howff, Dundee

Location

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Transcript

'JOHN WISHART / shipmaster Dundee / and AGNES MITCHELL his spouse / in memory of her father / DAVID MITCHELL / who died 12th April 1811 / aged 62 years / Also DAVID MITCHELL her / Brother who died 1st April 1801 / aged 18 years / And MARGARET MITCHELL her / Sister who died 25 Decr 1815 / Aged 21 years'.

Details

Description: Headstone, carved with a cutter-rigged vessel in relief on the reverse.
Type: Gravestone
Materials: Sandstone

People

Wishart, John
Age: 61
Date of Death: 1845
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Shipmaster
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Bibliography: Howff Burial Records online.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2017
Photographer: B. Tomlinson 2017

English Cemetery, 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Memorial at Funchal, Madeira to Samuel Barker d. 1866

Location

English Cemetery, 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / SAMUEL BARKER / FORMERLY OF THE / INDIAN NAVY / BORN IN LONDON / NOVEMBER 1826 / DIED AT FUNCHAL / 13TH JANUARY 1866'

Details

Description: Upright white marble plaque in a plain-moulded frame of tufa, both with a semi-circular apsidal bow, top centre.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble, tufa

People

Barker, Samuel
Age: 40
Date of Death: 13/1/1866
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: Indian Navy

Extra

Notes: In good condition. The number ‘14’ is also incised, apparently as part of the manufacture, at centre bottom on the moulding below the marble.
Recorder: Piet van der Merwe, 2017