Memorial: M1163

Memorial at the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk commemorating crew of the Lifeboat ‘Aldeburgh’, which capsized with the loss of seven crew members on 7th December 1899

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Location

Church of St Peter and St Paul, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'ON DECEMBER 7TH 1899, IN RESPONSE TO / SIGNALS OF DISTRESS A CREW OF 18 BRAVE / MEN MANNED A LIFEBOAT "ALDEBURGH" / WHICH WAS SPEADILY LAUNCHED IN THE TEETH OF / AN EASTERLY GALE AND A HEAVY ROLLING SEA / AT DUTY'S CALL TO RESCUE OTHERS; / WITH THEIR OWN LIVES IN THEIR HANDS, / THESE BRAVE MEN WENT AFLOAT WHEN ALAS! / THE BOAT CAPSIZING SEVEN OF THEM MET THEIR / END AND LIE BURIED HERE. / BY A LARGE FUND PROMPTLY RAISED TO PROVIDE / FOR THOSE THUS SUDDENLY BEREFT, AS WELL AS / BY THE MONUMENT, FELLOW TOWNSMEN AND / FELLOW COUNTRYMEN, NEAR AND FAR PAID TRIBUTE / TO AN EXAMPLE OF NOBLE SELF-FORGETFULNESS' [Individual crosses] 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / JOHN BUTCHER / AGED 52 / 'DEATH IS SWALLOWED UP IN VICTORY', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / CHARLES CRISP / AGED 51 / 'GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / THOMAS MORRIS / AGED 38 / ' I WILL TRUST AND NOT BE AFRAID', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / WALTER GEORGE WARD / AGED 37 / 'THY WILL BE DONE', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / HERBERT WILLIAM DOWNING / AGED 23 / 'IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH', 'IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / JAMES MILLER WARD / AGED 21 / 'THE LORD HATH NEED OF HIM', ''IN / LOVING MEMORY OF / ALLAN ARTHURS EASTER / AGED 26 / 'GOD IS LOVE'.

Details

Description: A cross on top of a large rock on which are carved, lifejackets, coiled rope, a lifebuoy and blocks. Seven individual marble crosses have leaded inscriptions to the casualties.
Type: Memorial
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Marble
Artists: R. Andre
Vessel: Aldeburgh

People

Butcher, John
Age: 52
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Crisp, Charles
Age: 51
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Downing, Herbert William
Age: 23
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Easter, Allan Arthurs
Age: 26
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Morris, Thomas
Age: 36
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Ward, Walter
Age: 33
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI
Ward, James Miller
Age: 21
Date of Death: 7/12/1899
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Notes: Sighted 2008.

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