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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

Recorder: Piet van der Merwe, 2017

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

Recorder: Piet van der Merwe, 2017

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

Recorder: R & J H Parry

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 commemorating  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.

Statue in Tower Bridge Road, Bermondsey, London, depicting Albert McKenzie VC 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 of Mackenzie in a contemporary style, on a concrete plinth made from a section of the harbour wall at Zeebrugge.
Type: Statue
Materials: Steel
Date Erected: 24 October 2015
Vessel: HMS Vindictive

Event

Zeebrugge Raid

Event Date

1918

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 wall 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.
Recorder: Graham Thompson. 09/08/2017

Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of Ireland

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

Location

Old Church Cemetery, Cobh, County Cork, Republic of 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 commemorating  Frederick Parslow VC d. 1915

Location

Islington Green, Islington, London, England

Transcript

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

Details

Description: Stone circular 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, took command of 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.
Recorder: Graham Thompson. 09/08/2017

St Helen's Bishopsgate, City of London, England

Memorial in St Helen’s Bishopsgate commemorating 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

Judd, Andrew
Age: 76
Date of Death: 1558
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: merchant
Organisation: unknown

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.