Category Archives: Vessel Loss

All Saints Church, Beckingham, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

Memorial at All Saints Church, Beckingham, Lincolnshire commemorating Mrs Margaret Parkinson d. 1904. She was a surviver of the ‘Birkenhead’

Location

All Saints Church, Beckingham, Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, England

Transcript

'SACRED TO THE MEMORY / of / MRS MARION PARKINSON / a survivor of the troopship / BIRKENHEAD / wrecked off the Cape / 26th Feby 1852 / under circumstances which / evoked the admiration of / all countries. / She was the daughter of / Drum-Major John R Darkin / of the Queen's Regt. / and died on 17th November 1904. Erected by the Officers and all Ranks / Ist Bn the Queen's Regt.'

Details

Vessel: Birkenhead

People

Parkinson, Marion
Age:
Date of Death: 17/11/1904
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: David Bevan 'Drums of the Birkenhead' (New Maldon, 1972) p. 142.

St Trillo's Church, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales

Gravestone at St Trillo’s Church, Colwyn Bay commemorating Harold Godfrey Lowe RNR d. 1944, ‘Titanic’ survivor

Location

St Trillo's Church, Colwyn Bay, Conwy, Wales

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY / OF MY / DEVOTED HUSBAND / HAROLD GODFREY LOWE / COM. R.D. R.N.R. / WHO PASSED AWAY / MAY 12TH 1944 / AGED 61 YEARS. / I THANK MY GOD UPON / EVERY REMEMBRANCE / OF YOU. PHIL. 1.3.'

Details

Description: Book-shaped gravestone with lead letters. The left hand leaf commemorates his wife and daughter Ellen Marian Lowe d.1947 and daughter Florence Edge Lowe d. 1996.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Granite
Vessel: Titanic

People

Lowe, Harold Godfrey
Age: 61
Date of Death: 12/5/1944
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation: Royal Naval Reserve

Extra

Notes: 5th Officer on 'Titanic'

Cemetery, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Monument dedicated to those lost when the lifeboat ‘James Stevens’ capsized in 1900.

Location

Cemetery, Padstow, Cornwall, England

Details

Type: Monument
Materials: Granite
Vessel: James Stevens, Peace & Plenty

People

Bate, John
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
East, Sidney
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: RNLI
Grubb, David
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation: RNLI
Grubb, James
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
Kane, Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Deckhand
Organisation: RNLI
Martin, John
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: RNLI
Old, James
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Engineer
Organisation: RNLI
Stephens, Joseph
Age:
Date of Death: 11/4/1900
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Fireman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: The lifeboat 'James Stevens' capsized while attempting to rescue the crew of the 'Peace & Plenty'of Lowestoft.
Bibliography: Sheila Bird 'Mayday: preserving life from shipwreck off Cornwall'(Bradford, 1991)

Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England

Memorial in Winchester Cathedral commemorating  Lieutenant William Carmichael Forrest RN and other officers  of HMS ‘Doterel’ lost 1881

Location

Cathedral, Winchester, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF / WILLIAM CARMICHAEL FORREST / 1ST LIEUT H.M.S. DOTEREL / SON OF/CAPTAIN FORREST / CHIEF CONSTABLE OF THIS COUNTY AND SELINA HIS WIFE / WHO LOST HIS LIFE BY THE ACCIDENTAL / EXPLOSION OF THE SHIP'S MAGAZINE / AND CONSEQUENT FOUNDERING OF THE SHIP / OFF SANDY POINT IN THE STRAITS OF MAGELLAN / ON THE 26TH DAY OF APRIL 1881 / HIS BODY WAS RECOVERED / AND BURIED IN THE CEMETERY AT / SANDY POINT ON THE 4TH DAY OF JULY' [Above on rock] 'MODEL OF MEMORIAL IN CEMETERY AT SANDY POINT' [On cross] 'In Memory / of the/OFFICERS / and / SHIP'S COMPANY / of / H.M.S. DOTEREL / blown up at / Sandy Point / 26 April 1881 / Erected by / H.M.S. Turquoise / July 1st 1881 / OFFICERS / W. Forrest: Lieut / A.R. Creagh: Nav Lieut / Septs Evans: Staff Surgeon / W. Reid: Chief Engr / Ord: Engr: Chas Irving / Jerh Driscoll: Gunr / W.M. Tailor: Boatsn'

Details

Description: In a gothic archtectural surround. Two seamen in relief flanking the inscription, a cross standing on a plinth represented above it.
Type: Wall monument
Position: South aisle
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Doterel

People

Forrest, William Carmichael
Age:
Date of Death: 26/4/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Creagh, A.R.
Age:
Date of Death: 26/4/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Navigating Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Evans, S
Age:
Date of Death: 26/4/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Staff Surgeon
Organisation: Royal Navy
Reid, W.
Age:
Date of Death: 26/4/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Chief Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Irving, Charles
Age:
Date of Death: 26/4/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Engineer
Organisation: Royal Navy
Driscoll, J
Age:
Date of Death: 26/4/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Gunner
Organisation: Royal Navy
Tailor, W.M.
Age:
Date of Death: 26/4/1881
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Boatswain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p.129; 'Mariner's Mirror' p. 58 'Ships and Monuments in the Solent Area' p. 212.

Charlton Cemetery, Charlton, London, England

Memorial at Charlton Cemetery, London commemorating Frank Miles d. 1912 in the loss of ‘Titanic’

Location

Charlton Cemetery, Charlton, London, England

Details

Vessel: RMS Titanic

People

Miles, Frank
Age:
Date of Death: 15/4/1912
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Hugh Meller 'London cemeteries: an illustrated guide and gazeteer' (Amersham, 1981) p. 100.

St Mary's Church, Gosforth, Cumbria, England

Plaque in St Mary’s Church, Gosforth, Cumbria commemorating Lieutenant-Commander Austin Noel Rees Keene d. 1940 in the loss of HMS ‘Glorious’

Location

St Mary's Church, Gosforth, Cumbria, England

Transcript

'TO THE DEAR MEMORY OF / LT-COMMANDER AUSTIN NOEL REES KEENE / ROYAL NAVY / WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR KING AND COUNTRY / H.M.S. GLORIOUS JUNE 1940'

Details

Description: With naval crown above the inscription, roses at the corners.
Type: Plaque
Position: Interior
Materials: Wood
Vessel: HMS Glorious

Event Category

1939-1945 Second World War

People

Keene, Austin Noel Rees
Age: 17
Date of Death: 8/6/1940
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Glorious' sunk by 'Scharnhorst' and 'Gneisenau'.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996), p. 51.

St Andrew's Church, Charmouth, Dorset, England

Plaque in St Andrew’s Church, Charmouth, commemorating Hugh Norris d. 1916 during the Battle of Jutland

Location

St Andrew's Church, Charmouth, Dorset, England

Transcript

'IN LOVING MEMORY OF / HUGH LEIGH NORRIS / FLEET SURGEON R.N. H.M.S. INDEFATIGABLE. / SON OF THE LATE DR. HENRY EDMONDS NORRIS / OF CHARMOUTH. / WHO LOST HIS LIFE IN THE BATTLE OF JUTLAND / MAY 31ST 1916. / ERECTED BY HIS WIFE.'

Details

Description: Engraved and infilled in black, a naval crown above the inscription. The brass plate is fixed to a wooden mount.
Type: Plaque
Position: North wall of nave
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Indefatigable

Event

Battle of Jutland

Event Date

1916

Event Category

1914-1918 First World War

People

Norris, Hugh Leigh
Age:
Date of Death: 31/5/1916
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Fleet Surgeon RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: HMS 'Indefatigable' was the first of three British battlecruisers to blow up at Jutland. There were two survivors of her crew and civilians aboard. 1,017 died.

All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon, England

Memorial in All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon commemorating Lieutenant John Kelly RN d. 1802

Location

All Saints Church, Malborough, Devon, England

Details

People

Kelly, John
Age:
Date of Death: 3/9/1802
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Lieut RN, wrecked off nearby coast.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 84.

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating Jeremiah Vincent d. 1891

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'Jeremiah Vincent aged 46 Lost in the Smack 'Glance' in the North Sea January 1891'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: Glance

People

Vincent, Jeremiah
Age: 46
Date of Death: 1/1891
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Memorial at Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough commemorating Samual Ward Normandale d. 1920 in the loss of the SS ‘Strathord’

Location

Dean Road Cemetery, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

'SAMUEL WARD NORMANDALE beloved husband of Eliza Normandale [skipper] of the S.S. STRATHORD who was lost with all hands Feb 23rd 1920 aged 30'

Details

Vessel: SS Strathord

People

Normandale, Samuel Ward
Age: 32
Date of Death: 23/2/1920
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Trawlerman
Organisation: Aberdeen Steam Trawling And Fishing Co

Extra

Notes: 'Strathord' a fishing trawler sunk by a mine in the North Sea with the loss of all nine crew.