Memorial: M3765

Wall tablet at the¬†Church of the Holy Spirit, Rye Harbour commemorating the crew of the lifeboat ‘Mary Stanford’ lost in 1928

Location

Church of the Holy Spirit, Rye Harbour, East Sussex, England

Transcript

'TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN MEMORY OF THE UNDERNAMED / 17 MEMBERS OF THE CREW OF THE RYE HARBOUR LIFE BOAT / WHO LOST THEIR LIVES ON THE 15TH NOVEMBER 1928, WHEN GALLANTLY PROCEEDING, IN / VERY ROUGH WEATHER, TO THE RESCUE OF THE CREW OF THE 'ALICE' OF RIGA / HERBERT HEAD, AGED 47 YEARS (COXSWAIN) / JOSEPH STONHAM AGED 43 YEARS (SECOND COXSWAIN) / HENRY CUTTING, AGED 39 YEARS (BOWMAN) / ALBERT ERNEST SMITH, AGED 44 YEARS / WALTER IGGLESDEN, AGED 38 YEARS / CHARLES FREDERICK DAVID POPE, AGED 28 YEARS / ROBERTS REDVERS CUTTING, AGED 28 YEARS / WILLIAM THOMAS ALBERT CLARK, AGED 27 YEARS / ALBERT ERNEST CUTTING, AGED 26 YEARS / ARTHUR WILLIAM DOWNEY, AGED 25 YEARS / LESLIE GEORGE CLARK, AGED 24 YEARS / ROBERT HENRY POPE, AGED 23 YEARS / MORRISS JAMES DOWNEY, AGED 23 YEARS / CHARLES SOUTHERDEN, AGED 22 YEARS / LEWIS ALEXANDER POPE, AGED 21 YEARS / JAMES ALFRED HEAD, AGED 19 YEARS / JOHN STANLEY HEAD, AGED 17 YEARS / GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS / THIS TABLET OF MANX STONE WAS ERECTED BY PEOPLE OF THE ISLE OF MAN / THE BIRTHPLACE OF THE ROYAL LIFEBOAT INSTITUTION'

Details

Description: Carved with a celtic knot border with celtic crosses in the corners.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Manx stone
Vessel: Mary Stanford

People

Clark, Leslie
Age: 24
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Clark, William
Age: 27
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cutting, Roberts
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Cutting, Henry
Age: 39
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Bowman
Organisation:
Cutting, Albert
Age: 26
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Downey, Morriss
Age: 23
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Downey, Arthur
Age: 25
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Head, Herbert
Age: 47
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Coxswain
Organisation:
Head, James
Age: 19
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Head, John
Age: 17
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Igglesden, Walter
Age: 38
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Charles
Age: 28
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Alex
Age: 21
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Pope, Robert
Age: 23
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Smith, Albert
Age: 44
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Southerden, Charles
Age: 22
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation:
Stonham, Joseph
Age: 43
Date of Death: 15/11/1928
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Second coxswain
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: The crew died when their lifeboat 'Mary Stanford' capsized in Rye Harbour. The boat itself washed up on the beach.
Bibliography: Geoff Hutchinson 'The Mary Stanford Disaster' (Hastings, 1984).

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