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, correct to December 2011. 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.

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Serving Lifeboat Officers
CrewinFrom ToRank or positionOther comments
, Louis1916First name only, but not Louis Bourke.
Alder, John1981 Harbour Diver. Carried in absence of sufficient regular crew. (Uncle of Robert)
Alder, Robert 1995CurrentNavigator/crewQJM. Diver, Electronics Engineer.
Audoire, L19481951Spare Mechanic
Beauchamp, J1895
Beauchamp, W1895A Boatbuilder.
Bell, K1929-30
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.1912-16Second Crew
Bichard, J1895-8
Birch, J1898
Bisson, Carl 1995CurrentSecond mechanic 06, Station Mechanic 09.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. General 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.
Blake, Daniel2005CurrentDeputy second cox from 2013Builder.
Blanchard, Pierre 2016States workboat 'Sarnia' crew.
Bougourd, John18651879
Bougourd, John Philip19802007Dep cox 1984, Cox from 1996B.E.M, LS Badge 2001, Bronze Medal, Bonita QJM, Vellum. Carpenter. Sark Ferry Skipper.
Bougourd, Nick1980-81CrewOfferd the Cox's position,declined. Skipper of States workboat 'Sarnia'
Bougourd, Peter N 19591986Cox from 84Bronze Medal, Bonita, vellum. Fisherman, later States Deputy.
Bourgaize, Ronald C.19531957MechanicEmigrated to Canada.
Bourke, Louis J1916-29Sometime between 1912 and 1916 (Age 33)
Brache, - 18611865
Brache, Adrian 1992CurrentNavigator/crewQJM. Fisherman.
Carre, Dave19601961SignalmanDied at work in Signal Station.
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, Age 49
Crews, W1939Shore Signalman
Damarell, Fred1897-8
De Carteret, Clifford1916-23Acting Cox, Shore SignalmanSometime between 1912 and 1916
De Carteret, F1929Second Cox
De Carteret, Stephen1916-18Sometime between 1912 and 1916
De Carteret, Thos1897Fund collection for his widow. (1906)
De Carteret, V1952Reserve crew.
De La Mare, GeorgeSometime between 1912 and 1916 (age 45)
De Mouilpied, Lloyd 19661987Deputy CoxVellum 'Orion'. Harbour Boatman.
Dodsworth, Robert87-92Harbour maintenance staff.
Dorey, E1949
Dorey, Peter1959On EK.
Down, Morris1959Was this Maurice Downs?Fisherman (De Imp)
Dredge, -1895
Drillot, George 1916Sometime between 1912 and 1916
Drillot, Thos1897
Dumont, Lee 2005CurrentCrew]
Dunstan, Gerald1940-46Relief Mechanic.Assistant MechanicWorked at Moitie's (Later Hainsworth's,Now Boatworks+)
Duquemin, Thos1897
Eker, Graham (Squeaker)1979-80Greek Silver medal. Diver.
Envoldsen, A1923-30
Envolsden, Otto1924-9Harbour Staff and Fisherman. Last survivor of the Guernsey pulling lifeboat crew.
Falla, George1916Second CoxSometime between 1912 and 1916 (Age 47)
Falla, J1895
Farr, C1929 -39
Ferguson, George1916Salerie Fisherman.
Ferguson, H (Harry?)1898Salerie Fisherman.
Ferguson, R1898
French1960
Gallie, Elias1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916 (Age 42)
Gallienne, J John?)1959? Worked in fridges office in slaughter house
Galpin, W1918
Galsworthy, Linden 2005CurrentCrewMarina Attendant/foreman
Gilman, John N19111916Cox from 1912Master of steam tug Assistance, Certified Pilot.
Girard, Douglas?1916Fisherman. Son lives by Prosperity Memorial.
Gurney, William John Tonbridge (Bill)1930-48Second CoxSometimes written as Gourney
Guille, Michael J19751998Drowned 5 Oct 98? Vellum
Guppy, K.S.1948Chief Mechanic
Hamon, Arthur1961Father of Richard Hamon.
Hamon, Daniel 19972014Second mechanicSon of R.R (Snowy) Hamon
Hamon, Lacey J 19451960R/T Operator, Shore sigalmanHarbour Attendant.
Hamon, Richard James19782004Crew, Emergency mechanicBronze Medal, Bonita QJM Painter/Blaster
Hamon, Robert E19872004Vellum Oct 94 QJM
Hamon, Robert Ramsey (Snowy)19672004Second Cox. QJM, MBE. Greek Silver Medal. Bronze Medal Service Cert.Vellum x 3. Polymath.
Harris, Michael 2005CurrentCrew, Emergency mechanic
Harvey, Christian 20112016crew
Harvey, H1923
Harvey, W1924Not William Harvey dismissed in 1916
Harvey, William19161916Second CoxDismissed from the position.
Helmot, Vincent 1992Current2nd. Cox 2007 to 2014.QJM, Vellum, Sena Sioria. Fisherman, Diver then Port Signals Officer. Retirement criteria changed, returned to crew.
Hobbs, Alec1940Bowman
Hobbs, Fred 19231945CoxswainBrother of Bill. Appointed Cox 1930
Hobbs, Harold1935-40Killed on service by German Aircraft fire, 28 June 1940.
Hobbs, William (Bill)1923 -46Acting CoxBrother of Fred.
Hobbs, Wm1897-8
Jehan, H1923
Jehan, W1924
Jones, B (Bernard?)1952-61Reserve CrewSark seneschal?
Kitts, Mervyn1950Ruette Braye garage. Later States Deputy.
Lacey, L.G.1960Shore SignalmanThis might be Lacey Hamon?
Langlois, M18791880
Le Cornu, T1918-24Shore Signalman
Le Feuvre, T1938-9
Le Feuvre, W1930
Le Lievre, H1949-51First Mechanic
Le Messurier, James1995No 21 on crew numbered list of 14 Nov 1995.
Le Noury, Vincent2007CurrentCrewSon in Law of Peter Bisson.
Le Page, Art.1948-611961Bowman, With Hubert Petit. Fisherman
Le Page, Frank1948-51Acting Cox, 2nd Crew Cox.
Le Page, J1948-61
Le Page, Jack1961(Boat Wonder)
Le Page, John W1985Vellum
Le Page, L1948Res. Mechanic
Le Patourel, John 1916-18Sometime between 1912 and 1916 (Age 43)
Le Poidevin, (L?) G1923-4
Le Poidevin, P1948Taken on 'Bounty' with Cox to assist. 16/5/48.
Le Prevost, Andrew19871998?Vellum, No 14 in 1995.
Le Tissier, John 1995CurrentQJM. Marina Attendant, Port Signals Officer.
Legg, Art1950Fisherman? Sark Ferry crew.
Legg, George 18801890Cox
Legg, George 1897
Leggett, C1923-4
Long1929
Lucas, A1906
Luscombe, David1911-15 Second CoxWas offerd the position as Cox but did not accept it.
Macdonald, H1898
Mahy, C?G?1961
Marquand, H.E. 1948Spare 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 acting Mechanic
Martel, Keith 19822014Asst.mechanic, Emergency mechanic.QJM, Vellum. Could not join till father (Reuben) retired.
Martel, Philip19861999CrewVellum
Martel, Reuben19591982Vellum. Father of Keith.
Masterman, Daniel 2011 crew
Mauger, H1923-4
Mauger, J1923-4
Mauger, Peter1953-60Spare crew.
Mauger, W1924
Mauger, William T18951912Cox from 1903
McLeod, A1981mechanicThought to be RNLI Staff. Definitely not local.
Mitchell, James1916-18
Mitchell, John1897-8
Mitchell, William1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916
Moore, John1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916
Morris, H1945-6Relief Engineer, 3rd Mechanic
Munson, Ronnie19571978Herm Ferryman. Replaced by Richard Hamon.
Napper, James1897-8
Newton, John1949Son of Bonny Newton.
Nicholls, J19481966Reserve CrewRetired due ill health.
Nichols, K?1959
Nicolle, -1895
Niles, - 196122513Dick or Tony???
Norman, Jason 1997Current3rd Cox 2007 2nd cox 2013QJM. P/T Port Signals officer.
Norman, Rodney?Shore Signalman
Noyon, Bill1939Pilot
Ogier, Adrian 200520172013 Deputy2nd Coxswain.P/T Port Signals Officer. Yacht Broker/Boat sales.
Ogier, Alfred William (Bill)1959-61Second CoxJohann Collett.
Ozanne, Steve1995No 18 From numbered list of 14 November 1995.
Parsons, Jn1895
Pattimore, Eric 19481980Signals, Mechanic from 1957Bronze Medal, Greek Silver Medal. Vellum
Paul, F1929
Pearce, -1918
Petit, Brian1950Reserve Crew
Petit, Hubert19481964CoxswainGold medal
Petit, John19481980Coxswain from 1964MBE, Silver medal. 4 BronzeMedals. Greek Gold Medal. Later Harbour Master. Died 13 April 2011 aged 83
Pugh, H1923-4
Quinain, Harry.W.1946-8Acting Second CoxAlderney Pilot
Quinain, Jack1946-8Acting CoxAlderney Pilot
Reynolds, Henry1916-18BowmanSometime between 1912 and 1916
Rich, Fred18901903CoxLived at La Salerie. Credited with the first rescue by a Guernsey Lifeboat. Died suddenly, Oct 10th 1903
Rich, Henry1906-18 Shore Signalman
Robilliard, -1895
Robilliard, John (Chick) 19651988Bronze Medal, Greek Silver Medal. Died Jan 07. Boarding boat dedicated in his memory.
Rouswall, Thos.1897
Rowe, Stuart 20002007crew
Sauvary, R.J.1959Poss John. Harbour staff
Savident, Wilf1948-612nd. Coxswain the 'West coast' Cox. Died 27/9/2010, age 94. Fisherman.
Scales, Michael (Bones)19781984Coxswain from 1981Gold medal, Bonita, Vellum. Jethou boatman.
Scales, Stephen 3022Prospective crew
Scrimshaw, Michael19992003Crew
Seabrook, Martyn. 19761989?CrewHarbour Maintenance.
Sharman, K1959-61Reserve mechanic
Shields, E1948-51Radio Operator
Simon, H1918
Simon, J1895
Stevens, Arthur (Alec)1929 1953Station Mechanic
Tanner, R1945/6Carried in absence of sufficient regular crew.
Thoume, Garry Roscow19922006Asst Mechanic, P/T MechanicQJM. Ex RN PO. Marine engineer.
Trustum, John1959Not regular crew. Taken 'Off the quay'.
Tucker, Stuart2007CrewElectrician.
Tullier, Shaun 20152016CrewElectrician.
Vaudin1960
Vowles, R (Bob) 19601988Bronze Medal, Bonita, Greek Bronze Medal, Vellum.
Wallbridge, James Jnr1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916
Wallbridge, James Snr1918Sometime between 1912 and 1916
Way, Ivan1948Reserve MechanicHarbour Maintenance Bosun. Died 2015.
Webster, John 19771998Acting 2nd CoxBronze Medal, Bonita. Vellum. Later Committee member and PR Officer.
Welbourne, David 20052016CrewPort Signals Officer. Paramedic Trainer.
White, Anthony (Buz) 1982CurrentCox from 2007MBE, QJM. Surveyor and Boat Charter.
Williams, Robbie1981Harbour Staff.
Witterich, H1923-4
Youlton, James19862011Station Mechanic to 09.QJM, Vellums for 'Sena Sioria' and 'Keranne'. Marine Maintenance Engineer.
Zabiela, -1895
Zabiela, AlbieSecond CrewSometime between 1912 and 1916 ( mentioned in 1938) Fireman, lived in Cornet Street. Brother of Fred Senior
Zabiela, Freddie W (Jnr).1940-8(Lady June, Cecelia)
Zabiela, Fred.H (Snr) 19151948Coxswain from 45Sometime between 1912 and 1916 (age 25). Brother of Albie.
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)
Note. 'In' denotes a known reference in that year. 'From' and 'To' indicates a known start and/or finish date.