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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.

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.

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.

English Cemetery at 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Memorial at Funchal, Madeira to Lieutenant Edward Williams RN d. 1837

Location

English Cemetery at 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / LIEUT. EDWARD WILLIAMS. /
OF / HER BRITANNIC MAJESTY’S SHIP / PEARL: / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE AT SEA, / SEPTEMBER 11TH 1837; / AGED 39 YEARS. / THIS, AS A VERY SMALL TRIBUTE / OF THEIR VERY GREAT RESPECT AND ESTEEM, / IS ERECTED BY HIS COMPANIONS / THE CAPTAIN OFFICERS AND CREW / OF THE PEARL. '

Details

Description: Classical-style high-relief white marble tablet with an open-bed pediment supported by two square-section reeded pilasters with Egyptian capitals, all on a rectangular horizontal base. The inscription is on the vertical format marble plaque this encloses and also appears to form backing to the whole.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Pearl

People

Williams, Edward
Age: 39
Date of Death: 11/9/1837
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

English Cemetery, 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Memorial at Funchal, Madeira to Alexander Stewart d. 1848

Location

English Cemetery, 235 Rua da Carreira, Funchal, Madeira

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF / ALEXANDER STEWART
/ SEAMAN / WHO DIED ON BOARD THE U.S. SHIP / JAMESTOWN
IN FUNCHAL ROADS / DECR 21ST 1848 AGED 40 YEARS / Farewell dear shipmate thy glass has run / Thy earthly cruize is o’er / May thy spirit waft on angels wings / To that happy heavenly shore / As a tribute of regard for the memory / of a Seaman, (who was respected by / all who knew him) this tomb is / erected by his officers and / Shipmates.'

Details

Description: Plain vertical white marble plaque, originally set between plain flanking columns plaster/cement-moulded onto the bottom of the rubble wall behind, on a similar rectangular base below just overlapping the letters of the last line: only the fragmentary capitals, bases and lower step survive. Above the columns is the trace of a curved pediment, also missing.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble
Vessel: Jamestown

People

Stewart, Alexander
Age: 40
Date of Death: 21/12/1848
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Naval and Military Cemetery, Portland, Dorset, England

Memorial at Portland, Dorset, commemorating John Britt d. 1906

Location

Naval and Military Cemetery, Portland, Dorset, England

Transcript

'JOHN BRITT / Chief Stoker HMS Albion / died / 3 Jan'y 1906 aged 35.'

Details

Vessel: HMS Albion

People

Britt, John
Age: 35
Date of Death: 3/1/1906
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Chief Stoker
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

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

Extra

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

Extra

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.