Cowes : St Mary's Church


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The memorial plaques in the gallery, and those in the Ward Chapel, have not yet been recorded




WW I War Memorial scroll
 
EUROPEAN WAR    1914 - 1918
S MARY'S    COWES

Greater love hath no man than this that
a man lay down his life for his friends
-----
Jesu mercy

For full details see Roll of Honour [Memorials and Monuments on the Isle of Wight]




Ancient Order of Foresters : Great War Memorial
 
COURT FORESTER'S ISLE
No 1822.

IN MEMORY OF
The Brethren of this Court who gave
their lives in the "GREAT WAR" 1914-1919.

For full details see Ancient Order of Foresters War Memorial [Memorials and Monuments on the Isle of Wight]




St Anne Chapel
 
To the Glory of God
this Memorial Chapel
dedicated to St. Anne - the Mother
of the Blessed Virgin Mary - was
consecrated by the Lord Bishop of
Portsmouth on Holy Innocents'
Day 1952, in memory of -
Laura Tower
Marion Sarah Biddlecombe
Walter Henry Warrior
Melinda Reynolds
John Henry and Sarah Ellen Spencer
Thomas Frederick Taylor
Rosina Frances Smith
Pascal and Helen Atkey
Margaret Kingsnorth
and other revered members of St.
Mary's Church Cowes, - the cost
being borne by their relatives & friends.

Wilfrid J Crowe      Vicar
Fredk J Biddlecombe      } Churchwardens
Chas H Fryer                    }






WARD sisters (Organ plaque)
 
ORGAN

HENRY WILLIS & SONS LTD

St Mary's Church, West Cowes
THIS ORGAN
was presented to this Church by
THE MISSES WARD & MRS BECKFORD
and was first used on Easter Day
1874
WILLIAM BARKER M.A. - VICAR
RICHARD BARROW, ATWOOD PENTON -
CHURCHWARDENS


Mrs Beckford was née Harriet Lucy Ward, married Francis John Branston Beckford in 1868.




ARNOLD, Thomas
 
THOMAS ARNOLD D.D.
HEAD MASTER OF RUGBY SCHOOL 1828-1842 BORN IN WEST COWES JUNE 13 1795
BAPTIZED PRIVATELY JULY 12 1795
RECEIVED INTO THE CHURCH
IN WEST COWES CHURCH OCTOBER 27 1799

Birthplace of Thomas Arnold [Memorials and Monuments on the Isle of Wight]

Thomas Arnold (Wikipedia)





ATKEY, Pascall
 
In memory of Helen Atkey (née Ratsey) Wife of
Pascall Atkey, who died 7th Feby 1853, Aged 35 years.

The 1851 Census lists Pascall & Helen Atkey, with their children Pascall and Joseph, at 30 High Street, Cowes, where Pascall Atkey is an Ironmonger.




ATKEY, Helen
 
In memory of Pascall Atkey [...]
[...] 2nd Jany 1862 [...]

the memorial plaque was obscured at the time the church was visited

This refers to Pascall Ratsey Atkey who died aged 20 years. He was the son of Pascall Atkey and Helen Atkey (née Ratsey). Pascall Atkey snr was an Ironmonger at 29 & 30 High Street, Cowes [1861 Census]; the shop still exists today.




CIVIL, Henry Edward
 
To the Glory of God
and in loving memory of
Henry Edward Civil
Superintendent of the
Cross Street Sunday School,
who fell asleep March 1st 1912.
This Plate is placed here as a Token of
Esteem and Respect by the Teachers and Scholars.
He being Dead yet Speaketh
R.I.P.

The 1911 Census lists Henry Edward Civil, his wife Emily Ann, and their son Douglas Edward, at Moor Green Road, Cowes. Howard Civil was a House Painter; he died at the age of 58.




CLARK, T H
 
IN MEMORY OF T.H. CLARK
FIGURE CARVED IN OLIVE WOOD
CROSS MADE FROM PORTION OF ORIGINAL
OAK BEAM FROM WINCHESTER CATHEDRAL

This probably refers to Thomas Henry Clark (c 1846 - 1939) who in the 1901 Census is listed at Granville Road, Cowes, as a Yacht Fitter.




COOKE, Victor William
 
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
VICTOR WILLIAM COOKE
SUB-LIEUT R.N.R.
SECOND AND LAST SURVIVING SON
OF JOHN WILLIAM AND
HILDEGARD EUGENIA COOKE
WHO WAS ACCIDENTALLY KILLED AT SEA
16TH SEPTEMBER 1903 AGED 18 YEARS
"THY WAY, NOT MINE, O LORD"

According to his Royal Navy service record, Victor Cooke was born on 5 Jan 1885 in Cowes. The family address is given as Windsor House, Cowes. His father was a Master Mariner, his mother was born in Sweden.
Victor Cooke was appointed as a Midshipman (Probationary) on 16 Jan 1904 (posthumously), and died as a result of a 'fall from aloft and drowned' serving on a vessel named 'Galena'.
The eldest son who died was John Gustaf George Cicero Cooke (1883-1885)




DAMANT, Guybon Henry
 
To the glory of God and in loving remembrance of Guybon Henry Damant M.A. Bengal Civil Service Deputy Commissioner and Political Officer of
Naga Hills Assam eldest son of H J and E J Damant born at Cowes May 9th 1846 killed by the Nagas when in the discharge of his duty at Khonoma Oct 14 1879

Account of Damant's death in 'Zapuphizo: Voice of the Nagas' by Pieter Steyn (2002) [Google Books]




DAMANT, Henry James
 
In Loving Memory
Henry James Damant
55 years resident in Cowes
honoured and respected by all,
died June 17th 1901
Aged 85.


The 1901 Census lists Henry and Elizabeth Damant, with 4 unmarried children in their 40s, at Northwood Lodge, Castle Road, Cowes. Henry Damant was a Solicitor; his name also appears as the Registrar for a number of burials at Northwood Cemetery, where he and his family are buried. His own burial record has his son Atherstone Damant (also a Solicitor) as Registrar.




HARRISON, Arthur Selwyn
 
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND AS A TOKEN
OF ESTEEM AND AFFECTION FOR THE
REV. A.S. HARRISON M.A. VICAR OF ST.
MARY'S COWES 1920-1924 THIS
TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS DEVOTED
PARISHIONERS

Arthur Selwyn Harrison, died 1924, aged 55.




MOGRIDGE, Henry Charles
 
To the Glory of God
and in Loving Memory of my dear husband
Henry Charles Mogridge
a loyal and devout Churchman
and a constant worshipper in this Church
Died July 30th 1918. Aged 79 Years. R.I.P.
"The peace of God which passeth all
understanding keep your hearts"

The 1911 Census lists Henry Charles and Emma Mogridge at 'Scandia', Union Road, Cowes. Henry Charles Mogridge is listed as a Post Office Pensioner. The earlier Census returns of 1901 and 1891 locate the family in Rotherhithe, where Henry Mogridge is a Sorter for the G.P.O.




MOORE, Elizabeth
MOORE, James

 
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH MOORE WHO DIED 24TH JUNE
1820 AGED 59 YEARS - AND OF JAMES MOORE
WHO DIED OCTOBER 3RD 1839 AGED 74 YEARS





MOORE, Elizabeth
 
IN MEMORY OF ELIZABETH WIFE OF
JAMES MOORE WHO DIED AT WEST
COWES OCTOBER 3RD 1865 AGED 55 YEARS

In 1861 the Census lists James and Elizabeth Moore at 31 & 32 High Street Cowes; James Moore is an Estate Agent and Farmer of 100 acres, employing 7 men, 2 lads and 21 boys.




PEARSON, Alice Ethel
 
"THOU WILT KEEP HER IN PERFECT PEACE WHOSE MIND IS STAYED ON THEE"
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ALICE ETHEL,
THE DEARLY LOVED WIFE OF
EDWIN PEARSON
AND ELDEST DAUGHTER OF
EDWARD AND ALICE CAWSEY OF THIS PARISH
WHO DIED AT SEA JAN 11TH 1920, WHEN RETURNING
TO ENGLAND, AND WAS COMMITTED TO THE DEEP
IN THE GULF OF SUEZ
AGED 37 YEARS.
"THE SEA SHALL GIVE UP HER DEAD."


National Probate Calendar 1920




PENTON, Atweek
 
IN MEMORY OF
ATWEEK PENTON
FOR 14 YEARS WARDEN
OF THIS CHURCH
BORN SEP 1841
DIED APRIL 1886
THIS PLATE IS PLACED
HERE AS A TOKEN OF
ESTEEM AND RESPECT
BY THE CONGREGATION.

In 1881 the Census lists Atweek and Maria Penton at High Street, Cowes. Atweek Penton was a Bank Manager.

He is buried at Northwood Cemetery




RATSEY, Clayton
RATSEY, Donald White
RATSEY, Stephen Gilbert

 
IN PROUD MEMORY OF THREE GALLANT OFFICERS
1/8 HAMPSHIRE REGIMENT (T.F.) ISLE OF WIGHT RIFLES

CAPTAIN DONALD WHITE RATSEY
KILLED AT SUVLA BAY AUGUST 12TH 1915
CAPTAIN CLAYTON RATSEY
KILLED AT SUVLA BAY AUGUST 12TH 1915
LIEUTENANT STEPHEN GILBERT RATSEY
KILLED IN THE FIRST BATTLE OF GAZA APRIL 19TH 1917

Sons of Thomas White and Lucy Margaret Ratsey of Cowes

THEY FOUGHT AND DIED FOR KING AND COUNTRY

Biographical information [Memorials and Monuments on the Isle of Wight]




RICHARDSON, Arthur Frederick
RICHARDSON, Thomas Edward

 
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF
ARTHUR FREDERICK RICHARDSON
10TH BATT WORCESTER REGT
WHO DIED OF WOUNDS WHILST A PRISONER OF WAR
AT BRUILLET FRANCE JUNE 3RD 1918 AGED 19 YEARS

ALSO OF
THOMAS EDWARD RICHARDSON
CHIEF ENGINEER S S "SANGARA"
WHO DIED AT KOTONOU WEST AFRICA, APRIL 16TH 1913 AGED 32 YEARS

BELOVED SONS OF THOMAS AND SARAH RICHARDSON
OF COWES I.W.

PEACE PERFECT PEACE

In 1901 the Census lists Thomas and Sarah Richardson, with their children including Thomas, aged 20, and Arthur, aged 2, at the Fair Oak, Park Road, Cowes, where Thomas Richardson is a Licensed Victualler.

CWGC record for A F Richardson




RUBIE, John Parsons
 
TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND
IN LOVING MEMORY
OF
JOHN PARSONS RUBIE
BORN 13TH SEPTEMBER 1821
DIED 23RD MAY 1905
WARDEN OF THIS CHURCH
FROM 3RD APRIL 1877
TO 9TH APRIL 1890

In 1901 the Census lists John P Rubie and his wife Harriet, at Deborne, Cowes. He is listed as an Estate Agent and Auctioneer.

He is buried at Northwood Cemetery. His wife died in 1916 and was buried with her husband.




SMITH, Helen Kate
 
TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF HELEN KATE DAUGHTER OF
ALFRED AND ELIZABETH MOORE BUDGE AND WIFE OF GRAHAM BURRELL SMITH
OF ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE OSBORNE WHO PASSED AWAY JAN 22 1901 AT E COWES
AGED 28 YEARS THIS WINDOW WAS DEDICATED BY HER LOVING MOTHER





WESTBROOK, Oscar
 
IN
LOVING MEMORY OF
OSCAR WESTBROOK
SERGT IN THE H.C.Y. ATTACHED 15TH HANTS REGT
WHO WAS KILLED IN ACTION IN THE GREAT WAR
AT TOWER HAMLETS FLANDERS
ON SEPTEMBER 20TH 1917 AGED 26 YEARS
FOR MANY YEARS A CHORISTER IN THIS CHURCH

"WE BLESS AND THANK THEE LORD
FOR THOSE THE GOOD AND BRAVE
WHO EAGER AT THEIR COUNTRY'S CALL
STRONG, UNDISMAYED, SURRENDERED ALL
GRANT THEM ETERNAL REST."


Oscar Westbrook Memorial [Memorials and Monuments on the Isle of Wight]




WYATT, Reginald
WYATT, Ronald James

 
IN LOVING MEMORY OF
REGINALD WILLIAM WYATT
LOST AT THE EDDYSTONE LIGHTHOUSE
11TH JANUARY 1940 AND
RONALD JAMES WYATT
LOST OFF THE FARNE ISLANDS NOVEMBER 1940


Reginald Wyatt died when the Trinity House supply vessel THV Vestal was lost while delivering stores to the Eddystone lighthouse. See Loss of THV Vestal [Memorials and Monuments on the Isle of Wight]

See further Biographical information [Memorials and Monuments on the Isle of Wight]

The circumstances of Ronald Wyatt's death are not known; he was a Chief Engineering Officer on the ss Sea Gem, and died on 30 October 1940 according to his CWGC record.

Both are commemorated on the Cowes Town War Memorial (WW II). [Memorials and Monuments on the Isle of Wight]


Credits : all photos and transcriptions by Geoff Allan