Lost lifeboat heroes to be remembered at coxswain’s memorial service

Caister lifeboat coxswain Benny Read. Picture courtesy Maurice Gray

Caister lifeboat coxswain Benny Read. Picture courtesy Maurice Gray - Credit: Archant

A memorial service is to be held to mark the passing of 25 years since the death of Caster Lifeboat coxswain Benny Read.

Mr Read was killed on September 1, 1991 as a result of a maroon accident while calling the lifeboat crew.

The service, on Thursday, September 1 will be held at Caister Lifeboat Shed at 7pm and will be conducted by the Rector, the Rev Tim Thompson, assisted by Donald Peers, lay preacher for Caister Methodist Church.

On the same evening, along with remembering Benny Read, the other 19 members of the Caister Lifeboat Service, who also tragically lost their lives in attempting to save others, will be remembered by candles being lit by their relatives or by people connected to the saving of lives at sea.

The 19 others are:


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nEight lost in the Zephyr Disaster in 1855; John Burton, Joseph Haylett, John Sutton, John Riches, George Hodds, James King, William Knowles, and Frederick Haylett, who in total left 29 children orphaned.

nNine lost in the Beauchamp disaster in 1901; William Wilson, Harry Knights, John William Smith, James Henry Haylett (Junior), William Brown, Aaron Haylett, George King, Charles Brown and Charles Bonney George, who in total left 47 children orphaned.

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nJohn 'Spratt' Haylett, died as a result of exposure rescuing the crew of the Nimrod, Shackleton's ship, in 1919.

nSolomon Brown, who died in 1897 as a result of an injury sustained during the rescue of the crew of The Soudan of Liverpool.

The event is open to the public to attend and take part.

For more details, contact Caister Volunteer Lifeboat Service secretary Derek George on 01493 377015 or 07979 086981.

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