Category Archives: Vessel Loss

St Nicholas Church, Leeds, Kent, England

Window at St Nicholas Church, Leeds, Kent dedicated to Commander Walter B. Watkins Grubb RN d. 1914

Location

St Nicholas Church, Leeds, Kent, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of Ernest Watkins Grubb MA Vicar of Sibertswold, Kent who died Oct 2nd 1914 & of / Walter B Watkins Grubb Lt Commander Royal Navy HMS Cressy who died in action Set 22nd 1914'

Details

Description: Two light window. Tracery light depicts an angel holding a scroll : 'Be thou faithful unto Death'. Left main light - Christ standing on a rock in water. Right main light -a kneeling knight. Text stretching across both lights : 'I will give thee a crown of life'.
Type: Window
Position: South aisle south wall
Materials: Glass, lead
Artists: Heaton, Butler & Bayne
Vessel: HMS Cressy

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Grubb, Walter Watkins
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 22/9/1914
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER
Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS)

All Saints' Church, Brightlingsea, Essex

Memorial cat Brightlingsea, Essex commemorating Lieutenant Ronald Sycamore Frost RN d. 1941

Location

All Saints' Church, Brightlingsea, Essex

Transcript

'Ronald Sycamore Frost (Lieut. RNR) who gave his life in H.M. Submarine P33, 20th August 1941 aged 32.'

Details

Description: Granite stone.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Granite
Vessel: P33

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Frost, Ronald Sycamore
Age: 32
Date of Death: 20/8/1941
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RNR
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan, 1969

Caister Cemetery, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England

Memorial at Caister Cemetery, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk commemorating Robert Miller, RNR d. 1918 and William Miller, RN, d. 1916

Location

Caister Cemetery, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England

Transcript

‘In Loving Memory of / ROBERT MILLER, R.N.R / who died at / Littlehampton Red Cross Hospital / October 11th 1918, Aged 22 Years. / Also of / WILLIAM MILLER / Brother of the above / Who was blown up by a mine / At sea from HMS Minesweeper “Birch” / August 23rd 1916, Aged 22 Years. / The dearly beloved son of / JOHN & ELLEN MILLER. / It’s sweet to know we’ll meet again / where partings are no more / and that our boys we loved so well / are only gone before.'

Details

Description: Sandstone headstone
Materials: Sandstone
Vessel: HMS Minesweeper ‘Birch'

Event

World War I

Event Date

1914 - 1918

People

Miller, Robert
Age: 22
Date of Death: 11/10/1918
Cause of Death: War Casulty
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy Reserves
Miller, William
Age: 22
Date of Death: 23/8/1916
Cause of Death: War Casulty
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Pippa Lacey

Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk

Memorial at Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk commemorating Bertie Aaron George, RN, d. 1914

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk

Transcript

‘The Vases on this altar were presented / in memory of / BERTIE AARON GEORGE / who perished in H.M.S. Hogue when sunk by / enemy submarines Sep 22nd 1914 / by his widow GERTRUDE EMMA GEORGE / and mother SARAH ANN GEORGE / R.I.P /

Details

Type: Vases
Position: Lady Chapel
Vessel: HMS Hogue

Event

World War I

Event Date

1914

People

George, Bertie Aaron
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 22/9/1914
Cause of Death: War Casulty
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Pippa Lacey

Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England

Memorial candlesticks in Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, commemorating Alonzo Strowger, RN, d. 1916

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk, England

Transcript

‘The larger candlesticks on this altar / were presented in memory of / ALONZO STROWGER / Warrant Officer / who perished in H. M. Drifter ‘Cloverbank’ / which was struck by a mine on April 24th 1916. / by his widow PRICILLA JANE STROWGER. / R.I.P.'

Details

Position: Lady Chapel
Materials: Brass

Event

World War I

Event Date

1916

People

Strowger, Alonso
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 24/4/1916
Cause of Death: War Casulty
Rank / Occupation: Warrant Officer
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Photographer: Pippa Lacey

Titanic Belfast, Harland & Wolff Shipyard Slipway, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Titanic Belfast, Harland & Wolff Slipway Memorial, Belfast, Northern Ireland commemorating the men who died during the construction of the Titanic and to men, women and children who died when the Titanic sank on 15 April 1912

Location

Titanic Belfast, Harland & Wolff Shipyard Slipway, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Transcript

‘In memory of / the eight men who died / during the construction and launch / of Titanic’
‘William Clarke / James Dobbin / John Kelly / Robert James Murphy / Samuel J. Scott / Unknown / Unknown / Unknown’ ‘We raised a monument of frame / Upon these banks; and thus unfurled / An honoured scroll to Ulster’s name / Unequalled yet around the world.’ / Reflections of a Shipyardman / Thomas Carnduff.'

‘In memory of / the men, women and children who lost / their lives during the sinking of Titanic’
‘By a high star our course is set, / Our end is Life. Put out to sea.’ / Louis MacNeice, Thalassa.’

‘This plaque was unveiled / on 31st March 2009 / by / John M Andrews, / Great Nephew of / Thomas Andrews, Chief Naval / Architect, Harland & Wolff / To Commemorate the / Centenary of / The keel laying of / RMS Titanic / Built on this Slipway between 1909 & 1911.’

Details

Vessel: Titanic

People

Clarke, William (Billy)
Age: 27
Date of Death:
Cause of Death: Broncho pneumonia
Rank / Occupation: Driller
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Dobbin, James
Age: 43
Date of Death: 31/5/1911
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Kelly, John
Age: 19
Date of Death: 23/6/1910
Cause of Death:
Rank / Occupation: Catch Boy
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Murphy, Robert James (Bob)
Age: 49
Date of Death: 13/6/1911
Cause of Death: Shock
Rank / Occupation: Rivet Counter
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Scott, Samuel Joseph
Age: 15
Date of Death: 20/4/1910
Cause of Death: Fractured Skull
Rank / Occupation: Catch Boy
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Unknown
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Unknown
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Harland & Wolff
Unknown
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: Unknown
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Harland & Wolff

Extra

Notes: The most common cause of death of those known to have died during the construction and launch of Titanic was accidental falls and complications caused by falls. Billy Clarke, died of broncho pneumonia after falling from staging. John Kelly fell from ship 401 and died of shock from his injuries. Sam Scott fell 23 feet from a ladder (or staging) and died instantly. Bob Murphy also died of shock following a fall.

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Memorial plaque at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, Norfolk commemorating Robert Balding, RN, d. 1914

Location

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Transcript

'Giving thanks to God / for the Beloved Memory / of / Robert Balding, / Aged 34, / who gave his life for his Country, / Sept 21st 1914 / by torpedoing of / H.M.S. Aboukir. / "Thou art the same and / they years shall not fail."'

Details

Description: Brass plaque on a wooden base.
Type: plaque
Materials: brass; wood
Vessel: HMS Aboukir

Event

World War 1

Event Date

1914

People

Balding, Robert
Age: 34
Date of Death: 21/9/1914
Cause of Death: War casulty
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: The HMS Aboukir, together with HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, were sunk on 22nd September 1914, with the total loss of 1,400 men.

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Memorial at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, Norfolk commemorating Christopher Cooke, RN, d. 1917

Location

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Transcript

'Giving thanks to God / for the Beloved Memory / of / Christopher Arthur / Gresham Cooke, / Midshipman, R. N. / Aged 18. / HMS Aboukir; torpedoed / 22nd September 1914. / Battle of Jutland, 31st May 1916. / Killed by explosion in HMS Vanguard 9th July 1917. / He lived happily / and died bravely.'

Details

Vessel: HMS Aboukir; HMS Vanguard

Event

World War I, Battle of Jutland

Event Date

1914 - 1918

People

Cooke, Christopher Arthur Gresham
Age: 18
Date of Death: 9/7/1917
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Christopher Cooke was abroad the HMS Vanguard in Scapa Flow. There was an explosion at 11.20 pm on the evening of 9th July 1917, which killed all but two of the 845 crew. The Vanguard sank within two minutes. There are memorials to the missing officers and crew of HMS Vanguard at Chatham and Cambridge, as well as on a war memorial at St Margaret's Church, Ilkley.

Christopher Cooke was the son of Arthur Cooke, a surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. He joined the Royal Navy, as a cadet at the age of 13 in 1912. He survived the sinking of HMS Aboukir, which with HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, was sunk on 22nd September 1914, with the total loss of 1,400 men. He saw action in the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.


St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Memorial at St Nicholas’ Church, Blakeney, Norfolk commemorating Christopher Cooke, RN d. 1917

Location

St Nicholas' Church, Blakeney, Norfolk

Transcript

'THE CLOCK IN THE TOWER / WAS GIVEN IN MEMORY OF / ARTHUR COOKE, FRCS / AND HIS SONS / MIDSHIPMAN CHRISTOPHER / ARTHUR GRESHAM COOKE, RN / FLIGHT LIEUTENANT NICHOLAS GRESHAM COOKE, DFC / 1945 //
AND A CONTRIBUTION TO / ITS ELECTRIFICATION WAS / MADE IN MEMORY OF ROGER GRESHAM COOKE / CBE, MP / BY HIS WIDOW AND FAMILY / 1973'

Details

Description: Two wooden plaques with gold lettering.
Type: Plaque
Materials: Wood
Date Erected: 1945, 1973
Vessel: HMS Aboukir; HMS Vanguard

Event

World War I

People

Cooke, Christopher Arthur Gresham
Age: 18
Date of Death: 9/7/1917
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Christopher Cooke was abroad the HMS Vanguard in Scapa Flow. There was an explosion at 11.20 pm on the evening of 9th July 1917, which killed all but two of the 845 crew. The Vanguard sank within two minutes. There are memorials to the missing officers and crew of HMS Vanguard at Chatham and Cambridge, as well as on a war memorial at St Margaret's Church, Ilkley.

Christopher Cooke was the son of Arthur Cooke, a surgeon at Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge. He joined the Royal Navy, as a cadet at the age of 13 in 1912. He survived the sinking of HMS Aboukir, which with HMS Cressy and HMS Hogue, was sunk on 22nd September 1914, with the total loss of 1,400 men. He saw action in the Battle of Jutland 31st May 1916.

Photographer: Pippa Lacey

Church of St Mary and St Gabriel, South Harting, West Sussex, England

Window at the church of St Mary and St Gabriel, South Harting dedicated to Captain Cowper Phipps Coles d. 1870 in the loss of HMS ‘Captain’

Location

Church of St Mary and St Gabriel, South Harting, West Sussex, England

Details

Type: Window
Position: South transept
Materials: Glass, lead
Date Erected: 1896
Artists: J.W. Brown , J. Powell & Sons
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Coles, Cowper Phipps
Age: 51
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

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