Serving Boat Officers

The official RNLI records of serving boat officers go back to 1898, but these records are sadly incomplete.

Centralised recording the names of volunteer crew members, other than in local files, only goes back into the late 1960’s or early 70’s. The information, records and files available in Guernsey are also incomplete, but go back to 1865. A search through copies of Returns of Service books and minutes of committee meetings, have revealed the following names of persons who have manned the Guernsey lifeboat, and their dates of service or involvement. It is possible that some names are duplicates. The carbon copies of Service Returns are now deteriorating, some are unreadable, as is the handwriting of some of the reporters, which has certainly not improved over the years.

The Comments column contains only the briefest supplementary notes, and should not indicate or imply that further information is unavailable, though of course, that may indeed be the case. Whilst the content is believed correct and every reasonable effort has been taken to ensure accuracy, no guarantee or responsibility for its accuracy is accepted or implied. Should any person be able to correct or amplify any of the information provided in good faith, it will gladly be updated.

Note. ‘Mention In/From’ denotes a known reference only in that year. ‘From’ and ‘To’ indicates a known minimum range of dates.

CrewIn/From ToRank or positionOther comments
?, Louis1916Only his first name recorded, but not Louis Bourke who was also recorded on the same reference.
Alder, John1981 Harbour Diver. Carried in absence of sufficient regular crew. (Uncle of Robert)
Alder, Robert1995CurrentNavigator/crewQJM. Diver, Electronics Engineer.
Audoire, Laurence19481951Spare Mechanic
Beauchamp, J1895
Beauchamp, W1895A Boatbuilder.
Bell, K19231930Second Engineer Motor Mechanic and Insurance Assessor. Saumarez St.
Berryman, Chas1897
Berryman, F1895
Berryman, W1898
Besnard, Paul (Dimmo). 1980Carried in absence of sufficient regular crew. Harbour staff.
Bewley?, G1960Crew (15 Aug)
Bichard, A.G.19121916Second Crew
Bichard, J18951898
Birch, J1898
Bisson, Carl1995CurrentSecond mechanic 2006, Station Mechanic 2009.QJM. Son of Peter.
Bisson, Henry19491963Carried to act as Ship's Pilot for Casualty.To Charlotte Schroeder of Hamburg and Gold medal Service to Johann Collett. Licensed ship's Pilot.
Bisson, Peter MBE198019962nd Cox from 1984, Cox from 86Bronze Medal, Bonita, Silver Medal, Sena Sioria. MBE 1996 Bronze Medal Serv.cert. Matam II. Died 10 April 2011, aged 69. Father of Carl.
Blake, Daniel2005CurrentDeputy second cox from 2013Builder.
Blanchard, Pierre2016CurrentStates workboat 'Sarnia' crew.
Bougourd, B1958Crew
Bougourd, John18651878? 79?Licensed Ship's Pilot from L'Ancresse
Bougourd, John Philip19802007Dep cox 1984, Cox from 1996B.E.M, LS Badge 2001, Bronze Medal Bonita, QJM, Vellum. Carpenter. Sark Ferry Skipper.
Bougourd, Nick19801981CrewOfferd and declined the Cox's position. Skipper of States workboat 'Sarnia'
Bougourd, Peter N19591986Cox from 84Bronze Medal, Bonita, vellum. Fisherman, later States Deputy.
Bourgaize, Ronald C.19531957MechanicEmigrated to Canada.
Bourke, Louis J19161929Fisherman. Of Cliff Cottage S. Esplanade, Cornet St. and Havelet.
Brache, John 18611865Licensed Ship's Pilot
Brache, Adrian1992CurrentNavigator/crewQJM. Fisherman.
Carre, Dave L19601961SignalmanDied at work in Signal Station.
Carre, Stuart2017CurrentTrainee Crew
Clarke, Don19881988 offered to be mechanic.
Cole, R1930Worked Brecqhou and Herm boats with Bert Petit.
Collings, J1898
Cook, Garry19871996Vellum
Coombes, John19151930Cox from 1916Sometime between 1912 and 1915 was age 49. Lived at Roland Rd. St Sampson.
Crews, William1939Shore Signalman
Damarell, Fred18971898Wife called Lydia?
De Carteret, Clifford191619232nd. Cox, Shore SignalmanSon of Thomas. Harbour attendant. Lived Cornet St. then Bouet. Sarkee, b 1887, d 1964.
De Carteret, F? 1929Second Cox
De Carteret, Stephen19161918Sometime between 1912 and 1916. Of Cornet Street.
De Carteret, Thomas1897B 1856, d 1906. Father of Clifford. Fund collection for his widow. (1906)
De Carteret, Vic19521954Reserve crew.
De La Mare, George19121916Of Hauteville.
De Mouilpied, Lloyd19661987Deputy CoxVellum 'Orion'. Harbour Boatman.
Dodsworth, Robert19871992Harbour maintenance staff.
Dorey, E1949
Dorey, Peter1959On EK.
Down, Morris19581959Was this Maurice Down? Fisherman (De Imp)
Dredge, -1895
Drillot, George 1916Sometime between 1912 and 1916. Of Park St.
Drillot, Thos1897
Dumont, Lee2005CurrentCrew.
Dunstan, Gerald19401946Relief Mechanic.Assistant MechanicWorked at Moitie's (Later Hainsworth's,Now Boatworks+)
Duquemin, Thos1897
Eker, Graham (Squeaker)19791980CrewGreek Silver medal. Diver.
Enevoldsen, Arthur192319301902-1987 , Younger brother of Otto.
Enevoldsen, Otto19161929Crew and Bowman.B 1900, MN, then Harbour Staff and Fisherman. Owner of Blossom (GU124), Contracted to assist with building St Peter Port "New Jetty". E.Coast and Sark Pilot, Skipper of "Joybell". Last survivor of the Guernsey pulling lifeboat. Crew from age of 15.
Falla, George1916Second CoxSometime between 1912 and 1916 (Age 47).
Falla, J1895
Farr, C19291939
Ferguson, George1916Salerie Fisherman.
Ferguson, H (Harry?)1898Salerie Fisherman.
Ferguson, R1898
French, ?1960
Gallie, Elias1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916 (Age 42)
Gallienne, J John?)1959? Worked in fridges office in slaughter house
Galpin, W1918
Galsworthy, Linden2005CurrentCrew , Second MechanicMarina Attendant/foreman
Gillman, John N (Gilman?)19111915Cox from 1912Master of steam tug Assistance, Licensed ship's Pilot from 1903. Died 6 Sept 1930, age 74.
Girard, Douglas?1916Fisherman. Son lives by Prosperity Memorial.
Gurney, William John Tonbridge (Bill)19301948Second CoxSometimes written as Gourney. Signaller RN in WW2.
Guilbert, G1956
Guille, Michael J19751998Fisherman. Drowned at sea 5 Oct 98? Vellum
Guppy, K.S.1948Chief Mechanic
Hamon, Arthur1961Father of Richard Hamon.
Hamon, Daniel19972014Second mechanicSon of R.R (Snowy) Hamon
Hamon, Lacey J19451960R/T Operator, Shore sigalmanHarbour Attendant.
Hamon, Richard James19782004Crew, Emergency mechanicBronze Medal, Bonita QJM Painter/Blaster
Hamon, Robert E19872004Vellum Oct 94 QJM
Hamon, Robert Ramsay (Snowy)19672004Second Cox. QJM, MBE. Greek Silver Medal. Bronze Medal Service Cert. 3 x Vellums. Polymath. Died Feb 2017.
Harris, Michael2005CurrentSecond mechanicEx RN.
Harvey, Christian20112016CrewChartered Accountant
Harvey, H1925
Harvey, W1924Not the William Harvey dismissed in 1916
Harvey, William1916 Second CoxDismissed from the position. Drunkenness.
Helmot, Vincent1992Current2nd. Cox 2007 QJM, Vellum, Sena Sioria. Fisherman, Diver, then Port Signals Officer and Asst. Harbourmaster.
Hobbs, Alec1940BowmanSon of Fred.
Hobbs, Fred19231945Crew then CoxswainBrother of Bill. Appointed Cox 1930
Hobbs, Harold19351940CrewKilled on service by German Aircraft fire, 28 June 1940. Son of Fred.
Hobbs, William (Bill)19231946Acting CoxBrother of Fred. Father of Alec and Harold.
Hobbs, Wm18971898
Jehan, H1923
Jehan, W1924
Jones, B (Bernard?).J.19521961Reserve CrewSark seneschal?
Kitts, Mervyn195019582nd MechanicRuette Braye garage. Later States Deputy.
Lacey, L.G.1960Shore SignalmanThis might be Lacey Hamon?
Langlois, Henry. Capt. 18781879Coxswain.On committee since 1875. Resigned.
L a Motte, George?1916Reported as not having attended a callout as he was "At the Front"
Le Cornu, T19181924Shore Signalman
Le Feuvre, T19381939
Le Feuvre, W1930
Le Lievre, H19491958First Mechanic
Le Messurier, James1995No 21 on crew numbered list of 14 Nov 1995.
Le Noury, Vincent2007CurrentCrewCivil Servant, Son in Law of Peter Bisson.
Le Page, Arthur19481961Bowman, Acting CoxswainWith Hubert Petit. Fisherman
Le Page, Frank19481961Acting Cox, 2nd Crew Cox.
Le Page, J19481961
Le Page, Jack1961(Boat Wonder)
Le Page, John W1985Vellum
Le Page, L1948Reserve Mechanic
Le Patourel, John 19161918Sometime between 1912 and 1916 (Age 43). Broughton House, La Piette.
Le Poidevin, (L?) G19231924
Le Poidevin, P1948Taken on 'Bounty' with Cox to assist. 16/5/48.
Le Prevost, Andrew19871998?Vellum. Father of Keith.
Le Prevost, Don1955Crew
Le Tissier, John1995CurrentNavigator/crewQJM. Marina Attendant, Port Signals Officer.
Legg, Art1950Fisherman? Sark Ferry crew.
Legg, George 18801890CoxLicensed Ship's Pilot
Legg, George (2) 1897
Leggett, C19231924
Lucas, A1906
Luscombe, David19111915Second CoxWas offerd the position as Cox but did not accept it.
Macdonald, H1898
Mahy, C?G?1961
Marquand, H.E. (jr)19481955Spare Hand (Station Chairman's son)Carried in absence of sufficient regular crew.
Marquis, J1898
Martel, Alan19801988Asst MechanicBronze Medal, Bonita, Vellum
Martel, Frank19451982R/T Operator and Second Mechanic
Martel, Keith19822014Crew, Asst. mechanic, Emergency mechanic.QJM, Vellum. Could not join till father (Reuben) retired.
Martel, Philip19861999CrewVellum
Martel, Reuben19541982Vellum. Father of Keith.
Masterman, Daniel2011Current crew
Mauger, H19231924
Mauger, J19231924
Mauger, Peter19531960Spare crew.
Mauger, W1924
Mauger, William T18951912Cox from 1903
McLeod, A1981mechanicThought to be RNLI Staff. Definitely not local.
Mitchell, James1916
Mitchell, John18971898
Mitchell, Peter1957Crew
Mitchell, William1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916. Of Paris St.
Moore, John1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916
Morris, H19451954Relief Engineer, 3rd Mechanic
Munson, Ronnie19571978CrewHerm Ferryman. Replaced by Richard Hamon.
Napper, James18971898
Newton, John1949Son of Bonny Newton.
Nicholls, J19481966Reserve CrewRetired due ill health.
Nichols, K?1959
Nicolle, -1895
Niles, - 196122513Dick or Tony???
Norman, Jason1997Current3rd Cox 2007 2nd cox 2013QJM. P/T Port Signals officer. Son of Rodney.
Norman, RodneyShore SignalmanFather of Jason
Noyon, Bill1939Licensed Ship's Pilot
Ogier, Adrian200520172013 Deputy2nd Coxswain.P/T Port Signals Officer then yacht Broker/Boat sales. Son of Bill.
Ogier, Alfred William (Bill)19591961Second CoxJohann Collett. Father of Adrian
Ozanne, Steve1995No 18 From numbered list of 14 November 1995.
Parsons, Jn1895
Pattimore, Eric19481980Signals, Mechanic from 1957Bronze Medal, Greek Silver Medal. Vellum
Paul, F1929Bowman
Pearce, -1918
Petit, Brian19501958Reserve Crew/acting 2nd mechanicBrother of John?
Petit, Hubert19481964CoxswainGold medal, Father of John.
Petit, John19481980Coxswain from 1964MBE, Silver medal. 4 BronzeMedals. Greek Gold Medal. Licensed Ship's Pilot, later Harbour Master. Died 13 April 2011 aged 83. Son of Hubert.
Pinch, G19581st Mechanic.
Pugh, H19231924
Quinain, Harry.W.19461948Acting Second CoxAlderney Pilot
Quinain, Jack19461948Acting CoxAlderney Pilot
Reynolds, Henry19161918BowmanSometime between 1912 and 1916
Rich, Fred18901903CoxswainLived at La Salerie. Credited with the first rescue by a Guernsey Lifeboat. Died Oct 10th 1903
Rich, Henry19061918Shore SignalmanBelieved to be younger brother of Fred
Robilliard, -1895
Robilliard, John (Chick)19651988Bronze Medal, Greek Silver Medal. Died Jan 07. Boarding boat dedicated in his memory.
Rouswall, Thos.1897
Rowe, Stuart20002007crew
Sauvary, R.J.1959Poss John. Harbour staff
Savident, Wilf194819612nd. Coxswain The 'West coast' Cox. Died 27/9/2010, age 94. Fisherman.
Scales, Michael (Bones)19781984Coxswain from 1981Gold medal, Bonita, Vellum. Jethou boatman.
Scales, Stephen3022CurrentCrewSon of Michael.
Scrimshaw, Michael19992003Crew
Seabrook, Martyn.19761989?CrewHarbour Maintenance.
Sharman, K19591961Reserve mechanic
Shields, E19481951Radio Operator
Simon, H1918
Simon, J1895Of Mansell St? Licensed Ship's Pilot?
Stevens, Arthur (Alec)19291953Station Mechanic
Tanner, R19451946Carried in absence of sufficient regular crew.
Thoume, Garry Roscow19922006Asst Mechanic, P/T MechanicQJM. Ex RN PO. Marine engineer.
Tostevin, Scott2017Trainee crew
Trustum, John19571959Not regular crew. Taken 'Off the quay'.
Tucker, Stuart2007CurrentCrewElectrician.
Tullier, Shaun20152016CrewElectrician.
Vaudin, Chris2017CurrentTrainee crewSark Shipping skipper
Vowles, R (Bob)19601988Bronze Medal, Bonita, Greek Bronze Medal, Vellum.
Wallbridge, James Jnr1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916. Of South Quay St. Sampson.
Wallbridge, James Snr1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916
Way, Ivan1948Reserve MechanicHarbour Maintenance Bosun. Died 2015.
Webster, John19771998Acting 2nd CoxBronze Medal, Bonita. Vellum. Later Committee member and PR Officer.
Welbourne, David20052016CrewPort Signals Officer. Paramedic Trainer.
White, Buz1982CurrentCox from 2007MBE, QJM. Surveyor and Boat Charter.
Williams, Robbie1981Harbour Staff.
Witterich, H19231924
Wood, Tom2017CurrentTrainee Crew
Youlton, James19862011Station Mechanic to 2009.QJM, Vellums for 'Sena Sioria' and 'Keranne'. Marine Maintenance Engineer.
Zabiela, -1895
Zabiela, Albie19121916Second CrewFireman, lived in Cornet Street. Brother of Fred Senior
Zabiela, Freddie W (Jnr).19401948(Lady June, Cecelia)
Zabiela, Fred.H (Snr)19151948Coxswain from 45Sometime between 1912 and 1916 (age 25). Brother of Albie. Of the Bordage.
Zabiela, L V1945Spare crewDied in the Army.
Zabiela, R (Bobby) W (or W.R)19451950Bowman, spare hand, crew.Docker, crewed the liberty boat. (Somtimes also called William)