Category Archives: Lifesaving

St Peter's Church, Soberton, Hampshire, England

Memorial in St Peter’s Church, Soberton, Hampshire, commemorating Captain James Bashford RN d. 1832

Location

St Peter's Church, Soberton, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'Near this spot lies the remains of / James Bashford Esq. Post Captain R.N. / Sole issue of Lieut. James Bashford R.N. / Entering the Navy in 1793 he was continuously employed on / active service during the wars between that date and 1815. / He unassisted, at great risk, saved the lives of eight sailors / at the conflagration of the Boyne at Spithead, and on another / occasion received the thanks of the Royal Humane Society for / rescuing four men from a cutter belonging to the Venerable. / In 1805 he was appointed to the Royal Sovereign Flagship / of Lord Collingwood, and at the battle of Trafalgar was severely wounded. After a series of distinguished services / in the Mediterranean in Dutch and Danish waters he was made / Commander in recognition of a special act of bravery (badly / wounded) against the Russians in the Gulf of Finland. / He was born at Portsmouth December 7th 1778. / Married 1811 Sophia, daughter of / William Charles Lake Esq. / of Castle Godwyn, Gloucestershire, / who predeceased him in 1822. / He died at Soberton, November 26th 1832 / leaving issue of three sons and four daughters'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: North aisle
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Boyne

Event

Battle of Trafalgar

Event Date

1805

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Bashford, James
Age: 54
Date of Death: 26/11/1832
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Trafalgar roll cites death as occurring in 1816.
Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS)

St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk, England

Memorial at St Edmund’s Church, Southwold, Suffolk commemorating George Parkyns Ellis d. 1858

Location

St Edmund's Church, Southwold, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'George Parkyns Ellis, 3rd and only surviving son of Commander F W Ellis, Royal Navy and Charlotte his wife, who in the 18th year of his age, full of life and promise was with two young friends accidentally drowned by the upsetting of the Southwold Lifeboat on 27 Feb 1858'

Details

Position: Churchyard

People

Ellis, George Parkyns
Age: 17
Date of Death: 27/2/1858
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboatman
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan, 1967

St Mary's Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Gravestone at St Mary’s Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, commemorating Hezekiah John Cook d. 1900

Location

St Mary's Parish Church, Frinton-on-Sea, Essex, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of / Hezekiah John Cook / the beloved son of / David and Sarah Cook / who was unfortunately drowned / going to the rescue of the crew of the / Schooner Saxon Maid of Fleetwood / on the Gunfleet Sands / July 5th 1900 / aged 19 years / Soft the winds that blow from the homeland / Sweet the morn that breaks on the shore / Soon we'll meet again our beloved ones / Where sorrow, pain and death come no more'

Details

Description: Anchor and chain on rocks.
Type: Gravestone
Vessel: Saxon Maid

People

Cook, Hezekiah John
Age: 19
Date of Death: 5/7/1900
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: M.T. Morton 1981

Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Memorial at Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk commemorating Robert Hook, coxwain, d. 1918

Location

Lowestoft Municipal Cemetery, Lowestoft, Suffolk, England

Transcript

'In loving memory of this brave and noble man ROBERT WILLIAM HOOK died June 28th 1911 aged 83, thirty years coxswain of the Lowestoft lifeboats, husband of SARAH ANN HOOK. Also of Sarah Ann Hook wife of William died Jan 18th 1918 aged 79'

Details

Type: Gravestone
Position: Plot 30

People

Hook, Robert William
Age: 83
Date of Death: 28/6/1911
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation: RNLI

Extra

Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, Essex, England

Memorial at Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, commemorating  Charles Hasell Newell HEIC d. 1815

Location

Church of St Mary at the Walls, Colchester, Essex, England

Transcript

'Captain Charles Hasell Newell, of the 'ALEXANDER' East Indiaman, aged 34. He lost his life in his brave and humane exertions to save the ship Bengal, destroyed by fire off Point de Galle Jany 16th 1815'

Details

Vessel: HEIC Alexander, Bengal

People

Newell, Charles Hasell
Age:
Date of Death: 16/1/1815
Cause of Death: Vessel Loss
Rank / Occupation: Master HEIC
Organisation: Honourable East India Company

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1972

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Memorial at the Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island commemorating Matthew Newton Kyle d. 1903

Location

Church of St Mary the Virgin, Holy Island, Northumberland, England

Transcript

'Matthew Newton Kyle died 23rd August 1903 aged 69 years. He was for 33 years Coxswain of the Holy Island Lifeboat. George Kyle, born 14 October 1844, died 28 January 1912. Second Coxswain of Holy Island Lifeboat, 1876-97 and Coxswain Superintendant 1897-1911'

Details

People

Kyle, Matthew Newton
Age: 69
Date of Death: 23/8/1903
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:
Kyle, George
Age:
Date of Death: 28/1/1912
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lifeboat coxswain
Organisation:

Extra

Recorder: Reverend William Henry Donnan 1970

St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England

Gravestone at St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, Kent, commemorating Lionel Lukin d. 1834

Location

St Leonard's Church, Hythe, Kent, England

Transcript

'IN THIS GRAVE IS INTERRED / the Body of LIONEL LUKIN born / Dunmow in Essex the 18th of May 1742- / 1767 he became a member of the Coach / Maker's Company of London and after / 60 Years of Various Sucess [sic] in that Busi / ness Settled at Hythe in 1824 with the / humble Hope that the same divine Pro / vidence which had been his Guide and / Protector during a long and Chequered / Life would permit him to Conclude it in / ease and Tranquillity, and finally remove / him to a better and Eternal inheritance / Through the merits and Intercession of / Christ Jesus our Redeemer died the / 16th of February 1834' [Back] 'THIS LIONEL LUKIN / WAS THE FIRST WHO BUILT / A LIFE-BOAT / AND WAS THE ORIGINAL INVENTOR OF THAT / PRINCIPLE OF SAFETY / BY WHICH MANY LIVES AND MUCH PROPERTY / HAVE BEEN PRESERVED FROM SHIPWRECK; / AND HE OBTAINED FOR IT THE KING'S PATENT / IN THE YEAR / 1785'

Details

Description: Head stone and footstone with shaped stone cover over the grave. Coat of arms over inscription and motto 'MEDIOCRIA FERVIA'.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone

People

Lukin, Lionel
Age: 92
Date of Death: 16/2/1834
Cause of Death: Unknown / None
Rank / Occupation: Inventor
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: A stained glass window in memory of Lukin erected in the church on 3rd October 1897 through the efforts of Mr Hall the vicar of Hythe.
Bibliography: David Saunders 'Maritime Memorials & Mementoes' (Yeovil, 1996) p. 64. F.M. Holmes 'The Lifeboat, its history and heroes' (London, 1900)
Recorder: B. Tomlinson

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile at All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, commemorating Fred Wheeler d. 1951

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

‘FRED WHEELER / 42 / DROWNED IN BUNCRANA / HARBOUR ATTEMPTING / TO SAVE ONE OF HIS / CREW / 26TH OCT 1951'

Details

Type: Memorial tile

People

Wheeler, Fred
Age: 42
Date of Death: 26/10/1951
Cause of Death: Drowning
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

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

Photographer: P Lacey

St James's Church, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England

Wall tablet in St James’s Church, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, commemorating Charles Edward Rushworth d. 1877

Location

St James's Church, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight, England

Transcript

'In . Memory . of / . EDWARD . EVERARD . RUSHWORTH . / D.A.V. A.M.G. / . LIEUT . GOVERNOR . OF . JAMAICA . / . ELDEST . SON . OF . / . CHARLES . POWLETT AND MARY . ELIZABETH . RUSHWORTH . / . OF . FARRINGFORD . FRESHWATER . / . BORN . AUGST . 23RD . 1818: / . DIED . AUGST . 10TH . 1877 . AT . SHORTWOOD . JAMAICA . / . AND . AMELIA . ADELAIDE . HIS . WIFE . / . DAUGHTER . OF . HORATIO . NELSON . DE LESDERNIERS . ESQR . / : OF VAUDREUIL: LOWER . CANADA . / . DIED . AUGST . 20TH . 1867: / . THIS . TABLET . IS . ERECTED . BY . THEIR . DAUGHTER . / . ROSAMOND . LINDA . / . WIFE . OF . REVD. CECIL .EVAN . SMITH . RECTOR . OF . TITSEY: SURREY . / ALSO IN MEMORY OF HER BROTHER / . CHARLES . EDWARD . RUSHWORTH . / . MIDSHIPMAN . H.M.S. AGINCOURT . / . BORN . AUGST . 6TH . 1859 . / . ACCIDENTALLY . DROWNED . IN . BESIKA . BAY . DEC.21ST . 1877 . / . WHILE . SAVING . THE . LIFE . OF . A . MEMBER . OF . THE . CREW .'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Position: Chancel, south wall
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Agincourt

People

Rushworth, Charles Edward
Age:
Date of Death: 21/12/1877
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: DOSSIER.
Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS)

La Corbiere, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands

Wall tablet at La Corbiere, St Brelade, Jersey commemorating Peter Edwin Larbalestier d. 1946 in a lifesaving attempt

Location

La Corbiere, St Brelade, Jersey, Channel Islands

Transcript

'In memory / of / Peter Edwin Larbalestier / assistant keeper at Corbiere Lighthouse. / Who on 28th May 1946, gave his life / in attempting to rescue a visitor / cut off by the incoming tide / Take heed all ye who pass by'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Granite

People

Larbalestier, Peter Edwin
Age:
Date of Death: 28/5/1946
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Lighthouse keeper
Organisation:

Extra

Notes: Grey granite tablet in wall at the head of causeway to the Lighthouse.
Recorder: La Société Jersiaise