Category Archives: Vessel Loss

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

St Agnes's Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, England

Plaque in St Agnes’s Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly commemorating  Leslie Legg RN d. 1944 on the loss of MTB ‘671’

Location

St Agnes's Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of / A?B? LESLIE LEGG / P?JX 428612 H.M.M. T.B. 671 / POSTED MISSING PRESUMED KILLED / in ACTION with GERMAN E. BOATS / om the ENGLISH CHANNEL near the / COAST of FRANCE in 24th APRIL 1944 / AGED 19 YEARS'

Details

Description: Brass plaque, a naval crown engraved above the inscription which is infilled in red and blue.
Type: Plaque
Position: Interior
Materials: Brass
Vessel: MTB 671

People

Legg, Leslie
Age: 19
Date of Death: 24/4/1944
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Able Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

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

Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Memorial in Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast commemorating Robert Farrell RN d. 1939 in the loss of HMS ‘Royal Oak’

Location

Dundonald Cemetery, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Transcript

'In loving memory / of / Kathleen Farrell / who died 7th Aug 1932, Aged 19 years / Also her brother Robert / who went down with HMS Royal Oak / 14th Oct 1939, Aged 20 years.'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: HMS Royal Oak

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Farrell, Robert
Age: 20
Date of Death: 4/10/1939
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Ordinary Seaman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Royal Oak' sunk by 'U-47' at Scapa Flow.
Recorder: David J. Wickham, 2019

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Valentine Milsom d. 1914 in the loss of the SS ‘Daleby’

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales

Transcript

'In loving memory of / George / the beloved husband of / Sarah Ann Milsom / who died Feb 28th 1913, aged 68 years / Thy will be done / Also Charles Valentine their son / Died May 3rd 1881 aged 3 months / Also of Valentine / their youngest son / who lost his life through enemy action / on the S.S. Daleby April 29th 1917 / Aged 32 years / Also the above / Sarah Ann / who died March 16th 1932 / Ages 89 years.'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Vessel: SS Daleby

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Milsom, Valentine
Age: 32
Date of Death: 29/4/1917
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Cook
Organisation: Ropner Shipping Co.

Extra

Notes: SS 'Daleby' torpedoed by 'U-70' off the coast of Ireland.
Recorder: David J. Wickham, 2019

Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda, Rest of the World

Statue at Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda depicting Sir George Somers d. 1610

Location

Ordnance Island, St George Town, Bermuda, Rest of the World

Details

Description: Depicts Somers with his arms raised celebrating his deliverance from shipwreck, his cloak billowing around him.
Type: Statue
Materials: Bronza
Date Erected: 1984
Artists: Desmond Fountain

People

Somers, George
Age: 56
Date of Death: 9/11/1610
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Virginia Company

Extra

Notes: Somers' body is buried at Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset. The shipwreck of his vessel the 'Sea Venture' on Bermuda in 1609, is believed to have inspired Shakespeare's 'The Tempest'. He is remembered as the founder of the English colony of Bermuda. Another statue of Sir George Somers was erected in his birthplace, Lyme Regis in 2016, when Lyme was twinned with St George's, Bermuda. The sculptor is Ron Mole.

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

Gravestone at Holy Trinity Church, Caister-on-Sea, Norfolk commemorating Alice Balfour d. 1837 in the wreck of the ‘Ontario’

Location

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

Transcript

‘IN memory of / ALICE, / Wife of / CAPT. BALFOUR, / of Blackpool / who perished on the Barber Sands / from the wreck / of the 'Ontario’ / / on the night of the 22nd October, 1837, / Aged 49 years’

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: Ontario

People

Balfour, Alice
Age: 49
Date of Death: 22/10/1857
Cause of Death: Vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: Passenger
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Charles Mackie 'Norfolk Annals' vol. II. 1857 Oct 22. 'The brig Ontario, of South Shield’s, from Newcastle to Suez with coals (Capt., Balfour), foundered on the Barber Sand off Yarmouth, and drifting to the Cockle Gatway, was lost. The captain, his wife and son, and the crew of 24 hands perished. The chief mate, William Coates Robinson, alone escaped.’

Bibliography: Charles Mackie 'Norfolk Annals' vol. II.
Photographer: Pippa Lacey

Old Cemetery, Spa, Belgium, Rest of the World

Memorial at Spa, Belgium to George Krins d. 1912, musician on ‘Titanic’

Location

Old Cemetery, Spa, Belgium, Rest of the World

Transcript

'ICI REPOSE / MADAME VEUVE / LAETITIA-PETIT / décédé le 28 Avril / a l'age de 64 ans / MADAME / CATHERINE KRINS / DÉCÉDÉ LE 6 FEVRIER 1902 / A L'AGE DE 77 ANS / SUZANNE KRINS / NÉE EN 1899 DÉCÉDÉ EN 1917 / A LA MEMOIRE DE / GEORGE KRINS / NÉE EN 1889 MORT SUR LE / TITANIC EN 1912'

Details

Type: Walll monument
Materials: Limestone
Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Krins, George
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Musician
Organisation: White Star Line

Extra

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England

Memorial window at Worcester Cathedral commemorating Lieutenant Henry Whitcliffe Davies RNVR d. 1942 in the loss of HMS ‘Electra’

Location

Worcester Cathedral, Worcester, Worcestershire, England

Transcript

'IN . MEMORY . / LIEUTENANT R.N.V.R. / Drowned at the sinking of / H.M.S. Electra / In . the . Battle . of . Java . Sea / 27th . February . 1942'

Details

Type: Window
Position: Cloisters
Materials: Glass
Vessel: HMS Electra

Event

Battle of the Java Sea

Event Date

1942

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Davies, Henry Whitcliffe
Age: 19
Date of Death: 27/2/1942
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Naval Voluntary Reserve

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

St David's Cathedral, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Wall tablet at St David’s Cathedral commemorating John Barrett d. 1856

Location

St David's Cathedral, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, Wales

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF JOHN BARRETT / ORGANIST AND VICAR CHORAL / OF THIS CATHEDRAL / WHO DIED FEBRUARY 11 1851 / ALSO OF HIS SONS JOHN BARRETT / WHO WAS LOST AT SEA SEPTEMBER 1856 / AND ARTHUR BARRETT OF THE / BOMBAY EDUCATIONAL DEPARTMENT / DIED JULY 26 1898 / THE SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS ARE IN THE HAND OF GOD.'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: South transept
Materials: Marble

People

Barrett, John
Age: unknown
Date of Death: 9/1856
Cause of Death: vessel loss
Rank / Occupation: unknown
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Recorder: B. Tomlinson 2018
Photographer: B. Tomlinson 2018