Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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

Extra

Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England

Memorial sundial at Buckler’s Hard, Hampshire commemorating the loss of the SS ‘Persia’ in 1915

Location

Buckler's Hard, Hampshire, England

Transcript

[Top] 'P & O SS PERSIA' [Below dial] 'REMEMBER / 343 SOULS / WHO PERISHED IN THE DEEP / 30TH DECEMBER 1915'

Details

Description: A profile portrait of the ship above the dial. The inscriptions picked out in blue and gold.
Type: Sundial
Position: Outside Museum
Vessel: SS Persia

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

Extra

Notes: SS 'Persia' passenger liner, torpedoed and sunk by 'U-38' 30 December 1915.
Recorder: Patricia Barber 2019
Photographer: Patricia Barber

St Adrians's Church, Anstruther-Easter, Fife, Scotland

Memorial at St Adrian’s Church, Anstruther, Scotland commemorating members of the Chalmers family

Location

St Adrians's Church, Anstruther-Easter, Fife, Scotland

Transcript

‘Erected in 1827 by their sorrowing grandchildren, / to the Memory of / John Chalmers, Late Merchant in Anstruther, / who died 26th July 1818, in the 78th year of his age / And of his spouse / Elizabeth Hall, / who died 14th February, 1827, in the 77th year of her age. / ”Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord”. / Within this burial-place are interred the remains of five of their children viz: / John, who died in infancy in 1785. / George, who died in 1806, aged 29. / Barbara who died in 1808, aged 33, / Lucy, who died in 1824 aged 43. / And also the remains of James Chalmers, Merchant in / Anstruther / father of John and son of the Rev. James Chalmers, Minister of / the Gospel in Elie, / He died in 1788, aged 74. / Barbara Anderson, / the spouse of James Chalmers, and mother of John; / She died in 1793, aged 85. / Thomas Ballardie, / Late Master in the Navy, who died in 1809, aged 77. / And his spouse Elizabeth Chalmers, sister of John; / She died in 1792, aged 50 / Jean Chalmers, / Sister of John; she died 15th August, 1827, aged 75. ‘, ‘Restored in 1867 by the grandchildren of John Chalmers. / His other children not buried here; being then all dead, viz: / William, lost in the ‘Queen’ at Rio de Janeiro, in 1800, aged 22. / David; died at sea, in 1811, aged 27. / Alexander, Surgeon at Kirkaldy, died 1829, aged 35. / James died at London, in 1839, aged 67. / Thomas, D.D., D.C.L., died at Edinburgh; 1854, aged 67. / Patrick, died at Wishaw, in 1854, aged 64. / Jane, wife of John Morton, died in Gloucestershire, in 1804, aged 76. / Charles, died at Merchiston, Edinburgh, 1854, aged 72.’

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Queen

People

Ballardie, Thomas
Age: 77
Date of Death: 1809
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Royal Navy
Chalmers, William
Age: 22
Date of Death: 1800
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Mariner
Organisation: Unknown
Chalmers, David
Age: 27
Date of Death: 1811
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Mariner
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Bibliography: Rev. Charles Rogers ‘Monuments and Monumental Inscriptions in Scotland’ (London, 1872) vol. ii, pp. 71-72.

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly in Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemorating David Collison d. 1864 in the loss of the ‘Spirit of the Age’

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'David Collison, / Who was drowned in the 'Spirit of the Age' / off Scarborough, Jan 6th, 1864 Aged 36 years / I cannot bend over his gave / He sleeps in the secret sea; / And ot one gentle whisp'red wave / Can tell that place to me / Although unseen by human eyes, / And mortal knows it not / Yet Christ knows where his body lies / And angels guard the spot.'

Details

Vessel: Spirit of the Age

People

Collison, David
Age: 36
Date of Death: 6/1/1864
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) pp. 70-71.

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly in Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemrating William Easton, d. 1865 in the loss of the smack ‘Martha’

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'William Easton / Who was lost at sea / In the fishing smack Martha / In the gale of January, 1865 / Aged 30 years. / When through the torn sail the wild tempest is streaming: / When o'er the dark wave the red lightning is gleaming, / No hope lends a ray the poor fisher to cherish / Oh hear, kind Jesus, save Lord or we perish.'

Details

Vessel: Martha

People

Easton, William
Age: 30
Date of Death: 1/1865
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Fisherman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) p. 70.

St Symphorium's Church, Forrabury, Cornwall, England

Memorial in St Symphorium’s Church, Forrabury, Cornwall commemorating Gerald Roose Alford d. 1940 in the loss of HMS ‘Glorious’

Location

St Symphorium's Church, Forrabury, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / GERALD ROOSE ALFORD / LOST IN THE SINKING OF / HMS GLORIOUS / BY ENEMY ACTION IN THE / NORTH SEA 8TH JUNE 1940 / IN THE EIGHTEENTH YEAR / OF HIS AGE'

Details

Description: Grey granite plaque, gold lettering.
Type: Plaque
Position: Interior
Materials: Granite
Vessel: HMS Glorious

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Alford, Gerald Roose
Age: 17
Date of Death: 8/6/1940
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Boy 1st Class
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

St Symphorian's Church, Forrabury, Cornwall, England

Wall tablet at St Symphorian’s church, Forrabury, Cornwall commemorating Sub-Lieutenant James Desborough Kirkness RN d. 1870 in the loss of HMS ‘Captain’

Location

St Symphorian's Church, Forrabury, Cornwall, England

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / JAMES DESBOROUGH KIRKNESS, / SUB. LIEUTENANT, R.N. / SECOND SON OF THE REV. W.J. KIRKNESS, / RECTOR OF MINSTER, FORRABURY, / AGED 22. / HE WAS LOST WITH 499 OTHER / GALLANT BRITISH SAILORS, / IN H.M.S. "CAPTAIN" WHICH / FOUNDERED OFF CAPE FINISTERRE, / ON THE MORNING OF SEPTR. 7TH 1870. / "JESUS SAID - I AM THE RESURRECTION / AND THE LIFE." JOHN. XI. 25. / "AND THE SEA GAVE UP THE DEAD / WHICH WERE IN IT" REV. XX. 13'

Details

Description: Marble wall tablet in the form of a scroll placed on an anchor.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Marble
Artists: Will & Co., Euston [signed]
Vessel: HMS Captain

People

Kirkness, James Desborough
Age: 22
Date of Death: 7/9/1870
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Sub-Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019