Thursday, 28 August 2014

Harold Lowe was a survivor of the sinking of the Titanic.

 Parish Church of Llandrillo yn Rhos, Llandrillo, Conwy, Wales
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Llandrillo yn Rhos Church was built on the site of Ednyfed Fychan's private chapel and incorporates what was his tombstone. The history of this church goes back to the 13th century, but having been rebuilt over the centuries, the oldest parts of the present church are 15th century. A major restoration was carried out in 1857 and was criticised by some for amounting to 'vandalism', in particular the destruction of an ancient stained glass window.
 
 
 Commander Harold Godfrey Lowe (21 November 1882 – 12 May 1944) was the Fifth Officer of the RMS Titanic. After the ship began to sink after hitting an iceberg he took command of lifeboat number 14. Lowe's was one of only two boats to return for survivors, he picked up four men, one of whom died later that night.  
 
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A policeman killed while pursuing a stolen car.

 St Menefreda, St Minver, Cornwall
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Menefreda is thought to be the Latinised form of the Celtic Minver. The name change took place when the monks in Bodmin took over the church from the Celtic regime.
 
 
 Police Constable Robert Benjamin Mercer died 26 May 1982, aged 20. He was fatally injured in a police car which crashed while pursuing a stolen car.  
 
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Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Two brothers who both died at sea - in 1944 and 1959.

 St Gallgo, Llanallgo, Anglesey, Wales
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St Gallgo's Church, Llanallgo is a small church near the village of Llanallgo, on the east coast of Anglesey. The chancel and transepts, which are the oldest features of the present building, date from the late 15th century, but there has been a church on the site since the 6th or early 7th century, making it one of the oldest Christian sites in Anglesey.
 
 
 
Dalegarth Force had been sailing from the Tyne with a cargo of coal for Poole when she came under fire from German shore batteries and was hit by a shell 1 mile south of Dover and set on fire. The ship was taken into Dover, sailing under tow on the 5th August 1944, arriving for repairs on the Tyne three days later. 3 sailors died.
 
The Palm Line was a British-owned shipping line that was engaged in the West African trade from 1949, primarily servicing the ports along 5,000 miles of coastline from Morocco in the north to Angola in the far south. They ceased trading in 1986. 
 
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Three died in the shipwreck of the Maria Asumpta in 1995

 St Enodoc, near Trebetherick, Cornwall
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St Enodoc Church, Trebetherick is a chapel of ease in the parish of St Minver. Wind-driven sand has formed banks that are almost level with the roof on two sides. From the 16th century to the middle of the 19th century, the church was virtually buried by the dunes and was known locally as "Sinking Neddy".
 
 
The Maria Asumpta was on her first voyage after a refit at Gloucester. On the afternoon of 30 May 1995 she was preparing to enter Padstow harbour. The captain, Mark Litchfield, decided to take her between The Mouls and Pentire Point, which was not a route recommended by the Admiralty. The engines suddenly stopped; two men were sent to attend to the engine whilst the rest of the crew of fourteen raised more sail. Although lookouts had been posted at the bow, they failed to spot submerged rocks and about five minutes after the engines stopped, the Maria Asumpta struck rocks at Rump Point. The crew abandoned ship, and many of them jumped onto the rocks, but three crew were drowned. The tragedy was witnessed by many sightseers who had come to watch the Maria Asumpta's arrival.  
 
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Tuesday, 26 August 2014

The elaborate aedicular monument to Henry Spoure (1688)

 St Torney, North Hill, Cornwall
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We arrived at the church just as a service was ending. We were pleased to see that the churchyard had been well maintained.
 
 
The elaborate aedicular monument to Henry Spoure who died in 1688. Edmund Spoure and his wife are kneeling in prayer and in mourning for their only son. Above them is Henry looking down at them and his sister Mary looking heavenwards. Henry is holding a closed book while that of Mary is open.  
 
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Who was the anonymous "friend" who loved her?

St Nicholas, Norton Canon, Herefordshire 
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Very little remains of the old church, except for the 13th century tower which has 5 bells but the stone piscina kept in the vestry indicates an even earlier foundation. The nave, chancel and porch were re-built in 1706 and further restoration took place in 1868-1869.
 
 
There must be a sad story behind the inscription on this stone - who was the anonymous "friend" who loved her? 
 
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A nurse who died in her own hospital, aged 25.

 St Philip and St James, Hallow, Worcestershire
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A large church with a particularly tall and impressive spire.
 
 
 Orthopaidic looks like a spelling mistake but Orthopaidic War Hospital is the correct title. 
  V. A. D. stands for Voluntary Aid Detachment.
 
 
 Aged 104. Edith was the sister of Alice Stallard who was the subject
 of the memorial shown above.

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