Category Archives: Vessel Loss

All Saints Church, Sandon, Staffordshire, England

Memorial at Sandon Church, Staffordshire to members of the Dudley Ryder family including Captain Robert Edward Dudley Ryder VC, RN d.1986 and Major Ernle Terrick Dudley Ryder d. 1942

Location

All Saints Church, Sandon, Staffordshire, England

Transcript

'IN PROUD AND LOVING MEMORY OF / COLONEL CHARLES HENRY DUDLEY RYDER / C.B., C.I.E., D.S.O. LATE ROYAL ENGINEERS / EXPLORER & SURVEYOR GENERAL OF INDIA / BORN 28 JUNE 1868 - DIED 13 JULY 1945. / ALSO OF HIS SONS / MAJOR LISLE CHARLES DUDLEY RYDER / THE ROYAL NORFOLK REGIMENT. / BORN 31 AUGUST 1902 / KILLED IN ACTION AT LE PARADIS, FRANCE 27 MAY 1940 / BURIED AT LESTREM CEMETERY NEAR BETHUNE. / MAJOR ERNLE TERRICK DUDLEY RYDER / 2ND BATT: 1ST KING GEORGE'S OWN GURKHA RIFLES / BORN 18 APRIL 1906. LOST AT SEA BY ENEMY ACTION / OFF THE COAST OF JAVA IN FEBRUARY 1942. / CAPTAIN ROBERT EDWARD DUDLEY RYDER / V.C., ROYAL NAVY, POLAR MEDAL 1939, M.P. 1950-1955 / BORN 16 FEBRUARY 1908- DIED AT SEA 29 JUNE 1986'

Details

Description: Plain wall tablet with family crest top left and motto 'SERVATA FIDES CINERI' (Faith kept with my ancestor).
Type: Wall tablet
Position: North side of choir
Materials: Stone
Vessel: SS Ban Ho Guan, Watchdog

Event

St Nazaire Raid

Event Date

1942

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Ryder, Erle Terrick Dudley
Age: 36
Date of Death: 28/2/1942
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Major
Organisation: King George's Own Gurkha Rifles
Ryder, Robert Edward Dudley
Age: 78
Date of Death: 29/6/1986
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Major Ernle Terrick Dudley Ryder boarded SS 'Ban Ho Guan' following the fall of Singapore. The vessel foundered en route to Australia in February 1942, presumed sunk by Japanese submarine. Robert Edward Dudley Ryder was awarded the Victoria Cross for his part in the St Nazaire Raid and died on a sailing holiday on the yacht 'Watchdog'. His ashes are buried in Oxford.
Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018

British Cemetery, Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA

                                                    Memorial at the British Cemetery, Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA commemorating HMT ‘Bedfordshire’ and her crew lost in 1942

Location

British Cemetery, Ocracoke, North Carolina, USA

Transcript

‘IN MEMORY OF THE HMT BEDFORDSHIRE AND ITS CREW / DESTROYED BY TORPEDO FROM GERMAN SUBMARINE U-558 IN MAY 1942 / HMT BEDFORDSHIRE / AN ARCTIC TRAWLER, BUILT IN 1935 BY SMITH’S DOCK CO. / OF MIDDLESBOROUGH, ENGLAND. IN 1939 SOLD TO THE / ADMIRALTY AND CONVERTED TO AN ARMED TRAWLER. IN / 1942 IT WAS ONE OF THE 24 TRAWLERS LOANED TO THE / U.S. NAVY FOR COASTAL PATROL. ARMAMENT: ONE 4” GUN, / ONE MACHINE GUN AND DEPTH CHARGES / CREWMEN OF THE ROYAL NAVAL PATROL SERVICE ON BOARD / LT R.B. DAVIS R.N.R. COMMANDING OFFICER / SUB LT. N. CLUTTERBUCK R.N.V.R. / *SUB LT. T. CUNNINGHAM R.N.V.R. / SUB LT. B. HALL R.N.V.R. / FREDERICK W. BARNES – ENGINEMAN / STANLEY BENNETT – SEAMAN / ERNEST G. BOWEN - SEAMAN / EDWARD S. CARRUTHERS – SEAMAN / GEORGE W. CERRINO – LDG SEAMAN / WILLIAM F. CLEMENCE – SEAMAN / FRANCIS CRAIG – SEAMAN / *STANLEY R. CRAIG –TELEGRAPHIST JOHN R. DICK – SEAMAN / THOMAS H. DICKS – SEAMAN / ALFRED DRYDEN – SEAMAN / ANDREW W. DUNCAN – CH. ENG. R.N.R. / GEOFFREY FEATHERSTONE - TELEGRAPHIST / GEORGE H. FISHER – STOKER / HERBERT FORD – SEAMAN / JOSEPH KELLY – SEAMAN / WILLIAM LEE – LDG. SEAMAN R.N.R. / ERNEST W. LUKINS – P.O. STOKER / ALEX. A. MCCRINDLE – SEAMAN / ANGUS MCKENZIE – STOKER / FREDERICK F. MALTBY – LDG. SEAMAN R.N.R. / ERNEST N. MORTON – SEAMAN / WILLIAM J. MYERS – STOKER / SYDNEY W. SMITTEN –SEAMAN / PERCY E. STONE – SEAMAN / JOHN SWEENEY –SEAMAN / CHARLES T. TRAVELL - SIGNALMAN / THOMAS A. WATSON – SIGNALMAN / CHARLES W. WHITE – TELEGRAPHIST / LESLIE J. WILLIAMS – STOKER / RUSSELL DAVIS – SEAMAN R.C.N. / JAMES L. MCCAULTEY – SEAMAN R.C.N. / * BURIED HERe AT OCRACOKE N.C. WITH TWO ADDITIONAL MEN UNIDENTIFIED, THE OTHERS LOST AT SEA.’

Details

Description: Engraved black limestone, with profile of the ship, RN minesweepers badge and badge of the Hyde County Heritage Trail.
Type: Memorial
Vessel: HMT Bedfordshire

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Davis, Russell Bransby
Age: 29
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Clutterbuck, Henry
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Cunningham, Thomas
Age: 27
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Hall, Bruce
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve
Barnes, Frederick William
Age: 31
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Bennett, Stanley
Age: 23
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Bowen, Ernest George
Age: 22
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Curruthers, Edward Sydney
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Cerrino, George Whiley
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Clemence, William Frederick
Age: 21
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Cragg, Francis
Age: 18
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Craig, Stanley R.
Age: 24
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Dick, John Rowan
Age: 32
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Dicks, Thomas Maxwell
Age: 28
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Dryden, Alfred
Age: 32
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Duncan, Andrew Watt
Age: 42
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Featherstone, Geoffrey
Age: 21
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Fisher, George Henry
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Ford, Herbert
Age: 34
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Kelly, Joseph
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Lee, William
Age: 30
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Lukins, Ernest William
Age: 37
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Petty Office Stoker
Organisation: Royal Navy
McCrindle, Alexander Allan
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
McKenzie, Angus
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Maltby, Frederick Francis
Age: 31
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Leading Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve
Morton, Ernest Neil
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Myers, William John
Age: 34
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Smitten, Sydney William
Age: 20
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Stone, Percy Ernest
Age: 25
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Sweeney, John
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Travell, Charles James
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Signalman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Watson, Thomas Alexander
Age: 26
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Signalman
Organisation: Royal Navy
White, Charles William
Age: 29
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: Royal Navy
Williams, Leslie Joseph
Age: 28
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Stoker
Organisation: Royal Naval Patrol Service
Davis, Russell
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve
McCauley, James Lorne
Age: 19
Date of Death: 11/5/1942
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Seaman
Organisation: Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve

Extra

Notes: With four Commonwealth War Graves Commission headstones and the four original crosses cast by the T.A. Lovering Construction Co for the U.S. Navy and replaced by the CWGC in 1983.
Photographer: Eric Ruff, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Gravestone in Borough Cemetery, Harwich, commemorating Reginald Thornton d. 1911

Location

Borough Cemetery, Harwich, Essex, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF CHRISTOPHER THORNTON BOYD, WHO DIED 6TH MAY 1901, AGED 51 YEARS. / ALSO OF / REGINALD THORNTON BOYD / DEARLY BELOVED SON OF THE ABOVE / WHO LOST HIS LIFE ABOARD SS WIDGEON IN A COLLISION OFF NORTHFLEET / 19TH DECEMBER 1911. AGED 28 YEARS. / DEEPLY LAMENETED. BODY NOT RECOVERED. / ALSO / MARY JANE BOYD / DIED, 6TH MARCH 1937. AGED 86 YEARS'

Details

Description: Columns to side of the stone. Inlaid inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Area B to right of path
Materials: White marble
Vessel: SS Widgeon

People

Thornton, Reginald
Age: 28
Date of Death: 19/12/1911
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: SS 'Widgeon' sunk after a collision with an LCC sluice hopper. The Gravesend pilot and two of her crew were lost.
Recorder: M E Manton 1997

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Memorial in the Howff, Dundee, Scotland dedicated to William Tosh d. 1813

Location

The Howff, Dundee, Scotland

Transcript

On the Front: 'Erected by David Tosh, Boatman, Dundee, in memory of his wife / AGNES HALL, / who died 25th Jan. 1842. aged 50 years; also their children / HELEN / who died 1st March 1821, aged 3 months; DAVID, who died 29th August 1820 aged 7 years. / William, who was drowned from the Schooner MARY of Dundee, off the Mull of Galloway, 8th June 1813, aged 17 1/2 years'. [On the back]: 'Weep not for me but be content, I was not yours but only lent, wipe of those tears and weep no more, I was not yours but gone before'.

Details

Description: Gravestone with a carving of a small ship sailing alone on a stormy sea above an inscription on the back of the stone with the primary transcript on the front.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Mary of Dundee

People

Tosh, David
Age: unknown
Date of Death: unknown
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Boatman
Organisation: unknown
Tosh, William
Age: 17
Date of Death: 08/6/1813
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Recorder: Barbara Tomlinson
Photographer: Barbara Tomlinson

The Church of Holy Innocents, Great Barton, Suffolk

Memorial in The Church of Holy Innocents, Great Barton, Suffolk dedicated to Arthur Edmond Allen, RN Telegrapher, d. 1943

Location

The Church of Holy Innocents, Great Barton, Suffolk

Transcript

TO THE / HONOURED MEMORY / OF THE MEN OF THIS PARISH / WHO FELL IN THE WAR / 1939 - 1935 / RICHARD ALDERTON / Flight Sergeant (Pilot) R.A.F.V.R. / ARTHUR EDWARD ALLEN / Telegraphist H.M.S. Dasher / SIMON DENIS FLEMING / Lieutenant R.H.A. (L.R.D.G.) / ALBERT RICHARD FULLER / Private 5th Btn. The Suffolk Regt. / HAROLD JOHN GILL / Private The Bedfordshire & Herfordshire Regt. / BRIAN KINDER NICE / Flying Officer R.A.F / CHARLES KITCHENER STIFF / Private The Cambridgeshire Regt.

Details

Description: marble wall tablet honouring seven men of the parish who died in WWII, words coloured black, names in red and ranks in brown.
Vessel: HMS ‘Dasher'

Event Date

27th March 1943

Event Category

1939 - 1945 Second World War

People

Allen, Arthur Edward
Age: 20
Date of Death: 27/03/1943
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation: Telegraphist
Organisation: RN

Extra

Notes: HMS ‘Dasher’, a naval aircraft carrier, mysteriously exploded on 27th March 1943 while in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland, killing 379 of the 528 crew.
Recorder: WM. Donnan. July 1972

Marwick Head, Orkney, Scotland

Memorial on Marwick Head, Orkney, commemorating Herbert Kitchener, 1st Earl Kitchener, lost in HMS ‘Hampshire’ on 5th June 1916

Location

Marwick Head, Orkney, Scotland

Transcript

'THIS TOWER WAS RAISED / BY THE PEOPLE OF ORKNEY / IN MEMORY OF FIELD MARSHAL EARL KITCHENER / OF KHARTOUM / THAT CORNER OF HIS COUNTRY / WHICH HE HAD SERVED FAITHFULLY / NEAREST TO THE PLACE / WHERE HE DIED ON DUTY.', 'HE AND HIS OFFICERS PERISHED ALONG WITH / THE OFFICERS AND NEARLY ALL THE MEN OF / H.M.S. HAMPSHIRE ON 5TH JUNE 1916.'

Details

Description: Square battlemented tower, 48 foot high.
Type: Tower
Materials: Stone
Date Erected: 1926
Artists: J M Bakie (architect); W Liddle (builder)
Vessel: HMS Hampshire

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Kitchener, Herbert
Age: 65
Date of Death: 5/6/1916
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Field-Marshall
Organisation: British Army

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Hampshire' struck a mine off Marwick Head and was lost with a total of 737 casualties. The tower, originally erected by public subscription, was repaired with a grant from the Centenary Memorials Restoration Fund, the Orkney Heritage Society and other organisations in 2016. A wall was added alongside the tower to commemorate the other men lost with the ship and includes the names of those who died.

St Mary's Church, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England

Memorial at St Mary, Lichfield to Kenelm Michael Dyott, Surgeon RN, lost in ‘Stephen Furness’ 1917.

Location

St Mary's Church, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England

Transcript

'...He went down with HMS 'Stephen Furness' when it was torpedoed in the Irish Sea during the Great War, 1917.'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Alabaster
Vessel: HMS Stephen Furness

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Dyott, Kenelm Michael
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: In a church under threat of redundancy.
Recorder: Sally Badham

St Ebba's Church, Beadnell, Northumberland

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Memorial at Beadnell, Northumberland to Andrew Fawcus and his sons Thomas, Robert and Andrew d. 1885

Location

St Ebba's Church, Beadnell, Northumberland

Transcript

[Top stage] ‘TO THE MEMORY OF / ANDREW FAWCUS / AGED 59; / AND HIS THREE SONS / THOMAS, AGED 32, / ROBERT, AGED 27 / AND ANDREW, AGED 18 / WHO WERE ACCIDENTALLY DROWNED / WITHIN SIGHT / OF THEIR OWN HOME / JANUARY 31ST 1885. / RESPECTED IN LIFE / AND DEEPLY LAMENTED IN DEATH /’ [Middle stage] ‘THEIR GRAVE / IS IN THE MIGHTY DEEP / AND THEY SHALL RISE AGAIN / THROUGH CHRIST, / WHEN THE SEA SHALL GIVE UP ITS DEAD / ON THE GREAT DAY OF THE LORD’ [Bottom stage] ‘ERECTED BY FRIENDS’.

Details

Description: Stepped three-stage sarcophagus, top stage with scalloped corners, all surmounted with a cross inscribed ‘IHS’.
Type: Cross
Position: East end of the churchyard near the wall
Materials: Grey sandstone

People

Fawcus, Andrew
Age: 59
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown
Fawcus, Thomas
Age: 32
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown
Fawcus, Andrew
Age: 18
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown
Fawcus, Robert
Age: 27
Date of Death: 31/1/1885
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: The four men were drowned after the capsize of fishing coble owned by the elder Andrew Fawcus, while they were picking up crab pots. Fawcus left a wife and four children, his three sons were all married.
Recorder: Mike Headon
Photographer: Mike Headon

St Michael's church, Newhaven, East Sussex

Memorial in Newhaven, East Sussex commemorating Captain James Hanson and the officers of HMS ‘Brazen’ lost 1800,

Location

St Michael's church, Newhaven, East Sussex

Transcript

[SE Face] ‘THE FRIENDS OF CAPTN. HANSON / CAUSED THIS MONUMENT / TO BE ERECTED / AS A MARK OF THEIR ESTEEM / FOR A DESERVING OFFICER / AND A VALUABLE FRIEND. / IT WAS THE WILL OF HEAVEN / TO PRESERVE HIM DURING FOUR YEARS VOYAGE / OF DANGER AND DIFFICULTY / ROUND THE WORLD / ON DISCOVERIES WITH CAPTN. VANCOUVER / IN THE YEARS 1791, 1792, 1793, 1794 / BUT TO TAKE HIM FROM US / WHEN MOST HE THOUGHT HIMSELF SECURE. / “The voice of the Lord is upon the waters” [SW Face] ‘NAMES OF THE OFFICERS LOST / JAMES HANSON ESQ / COMMANDER JAMES COOK / LIEUTS / JOHN DENBRY / PATRICK VENABLES / MIDSHIPMAN / JAMES HANWELL / JOHN BRAUGH PURSER / ROBERT HILL SURGEON / THOMAS WHITFIELD BOATSWAIN ROBERT AALDER YARIE [?] GUNNER / JOHN TEAGUE CARPENTER’ [Panel NW Face] ‘SACRED / TO THE MEMORY / OF / CAPTN. JAMES HANSON / THE OFFICERS AND COMPANY / OF HIS MAJESTY’S SHIP BRAZEN; / WHO WERE WRECKED / IN A VIOLENT STORM / UNDER THE CLIFF / BEARING FROM THE PLACE S.W. / AT 5 O’CLOCK AM JANRY. 20TH A.D. 1800 / ONE OF THE CREW ONLY SURVIVING / TO TELL THE MELANCHOLY TALE, / BY THIS FATAL EVENT, THE COUNTRY, ALAS! WAS DEPRIVED, / OF 105 BRAVE DEFENDERS AT A TIME, WHEN IT / MOST REQUIRED THEIR ASSISTANCE. / THE REMAINS OF MANY OF THEM / WERE INTERRED NEAR THIS SPOT / BY THE DIRECTION OF THE ADMIRALTY. / “The waters saw Thee O God”. [Panel NE Face] ‘THE BRAZEN HAD BEEN ORDERED TO PROTECT / THIS PART OF THE COAST / FROM THE INSOLENT ATTACKS OF THE ENEMY; / AND ON THE EVENING / PROCEEDING THE / SAD CATASTROPHE, / HAD DETAINED A FOREIGN VESSEL WHICH / WAS PUT UNDER THE CARE OF / THE MASTER’S MATE, A MIDSHIPMAN / 8 SEAMEN AND 2 MARINES; / WHO WERE THEREBY SAVED / FROM THE FATE OF THEIR COMPANIONS.’ [On top step of base, facing SE in lead letters ‘THIS MONUMENT WAS RESTORED BY / LOUISA / WIDOW OF THE ABOVE CAPTN JAMES HANSON, RN /OCTOBER 1878’.

Details

Description: Ashlar obelisk, with slate panels on the rectangular base, Carved dolphins at the bottom of each panel, seaweed and shells above.
Type: Obelisk
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Ashlar
Vessel: HMS Brazen

People

Hanson, James
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy
Cook, James
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy
Denbry, John
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy
Venables, Patrick
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hanwell, James
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy
Brough, John
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Purser
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hill, Robert
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Navy
Whitfield, Thomas
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Boatswain
Organisation: Royal Navy
Yawrie, Robert Alder
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Gunner
Organisation: Royal Navy
Teague, John
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 20/1/1800
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Carpenter
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Jill Seddon, Peter Seddon, Anthony McIntosh 'Public Sculpture of Sussex' p.86.
Recorder: See biblio.

St Michael's Church, Abergele, Conwy, Wales

Memorial at Abergele, Conwy to Benjamin Townsend, died in the wreck of the ‘Guardian Angel’ 1867.

Location

St Michael's Church, Abergele, Conwy, Wales

Transcript

'BENJAMIN C TOWNSEND / SHIP MASTER / SON OF / WILLIAM H AND MARIA ANN TOWNSEND / BORN IN PROVIDENCE RHODE ISLAND / UNITED STATES OF NORTH AMERICA / NOVEMBER 15 1827 / WHO PERISHED BY SHIPWRECK OF BARQUE / GUARDIAN ANGEL OFF THIS COAST / DECEMBER 2 1867 / LEAVING A WIFE AND TWO CHILDREN / AGE 40 YEARS 17 DAYS / he shall not return to us but we shall / go to him.'

Details

Description: Headstone carved with a masonic square and compasses above the inscription.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Grey sandstone
Vessel: Guardian Angel

People

Townsend, Benjamin C.
Age: 40
Date of Death: 2/12/1867
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Notes: The 'Guardian Angel' was wrecked in a storm on the Constable Bank off Abergele. Eight of the crew of fifteen were lost. A similar headstone to Benjamin C. Townsend stands in North Burial Ground, Providence, Rhode Island, USA.
Recorder: Mike Headon NADFAS