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Detail from: Memorial to 158 Squadron by Peter W. Naylor, 2009

Lifeboatmen's Memorial

Summary

Type Statue

     Life-sized white marble figure of lifeboatman in contemporary dress on granite base. Weight forward on right leg. Holding rope in right hand.
     Erected by voluntary subscription.
     Memorial to three lifeboatmen drowned whilst attempting a rescue on 1st January 1916. The figure is said to be a portrait of the coxswain, Billy Gibbs.

Inscriptions

Lead lettering on polished slightly inset front of base: TO / THE GLORY OF GOD / AND IN MEMORY OF / WILLIAM (BILLY) GIBBS, COXSWAIN. / WILLIAM EYNON, SECOND COXSWAIN. / GEORGE HARRY, LIFEBOATMAN. / WHO WERE DROWNED OFF PWLL-DU / ON 1ST JANUARY 1916 WHEN THE PORTEYNON / LIFEBOAT "JANET" TWICE CAPSIZED IN THE / ENDEAVOUR TO RENDER ASSISTANCE / TO THE S.S. "DUNVEGAN." / THE SURVIVING MEMBERS OF THE CREW / CAPTN. GEO. EYNON, WM. GROVE, SEN. / WM. GROVE, JUN. ONSLOW GROVE, / WM. HARRIS, WM. HOWELL, / JOHN JENKINS, JAS. JENKINS, / LEONARD JENKINS, JOHN MORRIS, / AFTER GREAT SUFFERING SUCCEEDED IN / LANDING AT MUMBLES THE FOLLOWING MORNING. / THE BODIES OF WM. EYNON AND GEO. HARRY / WERE EVENTUALLY RECOVERED AND ARE / INTERRED IN THIS CHURCHYARD. / ERECTED BY VOLUNTARY SUBSCRIPTION TO / COMMEMORATE BRAVERY AND / DEVOTION TO DUTY.

Related works : The pulpit in St Cattwg's Church is in memory of the three lifeboatmen. A window in the church commemorates the RNLI.

Contributor details

Contributor Role
Known, Not ---

Element details

Part of work Material Dimensions
Statue Marble 183cm high approx
Base Granite 150cm high approx

PMSA recording information

Reference Region
SWANSEA012 AH
General condition Good
Surface condition
  • No damage
Structural condition
  • None
Vandalism
  • None
Road None
Precise location South-east corner of St Cattwg's churchyard. Set in a recess in churchyard wall facing the street, protected by railings.
A-Z ref None
OS ref SS467853
Date of design None
Year of unveiling c.1916
Unveiling details c.1916
Commissioned by None
Duty of care None
Listing status II
At risk? No known risk

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