Memorial: M973

Memorial at Gorleston, Norfolk, commemorating four members of a local lifeboat ‘Refuge’ which capsized after going to the assistance of the ‘Akaba’

Location

Gorleston, Norfolk, England

Transcript

[Front of base] ‘VOLUNTEER LIFEBOAT MEMORIAL’ [above on a scroll] ‘AARON GEORGE. / Aged 64 Years. / IN THE MIDST OF LIFE WE ARE IN DEATH.’ [South side on scroll] ‘WILLIAM WHILEY. / Aged 34 Years.’ [East side on scroll] ‘ALFRED WOODS. / Aged 27 Years.’ [North side] ‘SAMUEL GEORGE. / Aged 39 Years.’ [On separate plaque] ‘WHO WERE UNFORTUNATELY / DROWNED THROUGH THE / CAPSIZING OF THE LIFEBOAT / REFUGE WHEN RETURNING / FROM RENDERING MERITORIOUS / SERVICES TO THE STEAMSHIP / AKABA. / NOVEMBER 10TH / 1888.’

Details

Description: Base of cross (now detached) carved with rocks. The inscriptions are placed on four carved scrolls, a border of rope twist runs round the base.
Type: Cross
Position: Gorleston old cemetery
Materials: Sandstone
Vessel: Refuge, Akaba

People

George, Aaron
Age: 64
Date of Death: 10/11/1888
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: Unknown
Whiley, William
Age: 34
Date of Death: 10/11/1888
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: Unknown
George, Samuel
Age: 39
Date of Death: 10/11/1888
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: Unknown
Woods, Alfred
Age: 27
Date of Death: 10/11/1888
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: 'Refuge' was a private lifeboat belonging to Gorleston boatmen. After going to the assistance of steamer 'Akaba' she was being towed back to port when the tow-rope parted and she was driven onshore where she capsized with the loss of four of her seven crew.
Recorder: Stewart Adams 2019
Photographer: Stewart Adams