A Poppy
A Poppy

Memorials & Monuments
on the Isle of Wight
- Niton -
- St Catherine's Lighthouse Keepers' Memorial -

Location

In St Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton, Isle of Wight, PO38 2NF.
 
See map on www.streetmap.co.uk
 
IWM War Memorials Archive Record

Link : War Memorials Archive Reference 49630
 
Historic England Listing Status

St Catherine's Lighthouse is Listed Grade II. Since the Memorial forms part of the fittings of the building, it is assumed to be covered by the Listing.
 
Description

A brass plaque in remembrance of three keepers killed in an air raid.

From the leaflet "St Catherine's Lighthouse" published by Trinity House in 2001 :

"A tragic incident took place at the station during the Second World War. On the 1st June 1943, a bombing raid destroyed the engine house killing the three keepers on duty who had taken shelter in the building. R T Grenfell, C Tompkins and W E Jones were buried in the local cemetery at Niton village and a plaque in remembrance of them is displayed on the ground floor of the main tower."

Memorial

Niton : St Catherine's Lighthouse  memorial
 

 

 

 
Niton : headstone to the 3 keepers
 
Inscription


IN MEMORY OF
PRINCIPAL KEEPER R.T. GRENFELL
ASSISTANT KEEPER C. TOMPKINS
ASSISTANT KEEPER W.E. JONES
WHO WERE KILLED WHILST ON DUTY AT ST CATHERINES LIGHTHOUSE
ON 1st JUNE 1943, WHEN THE STATION
WAS BOMBED BY ENEMY AIRCRAFT


 

Further Information

The three men are buried in a communal grave at Niton St John's Churchyard.


 

SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF

CHARLES TOMPKINS RICHARD T GRENFELL WILLIAM E JONES
DEVOTED HUSBAND OF MARGARET   BELOVED HUSBAND OF ANNIE   BELOVED HUSBAND OF PHOEBE AND
AND LOVING FATHER OF PEGGY   AND LOVING FATHER OF CYRIL   BELOVED FATHER OF TED AND OLIVE
AGED 47 AGED 62 AGED 50

WHO WERE KILLED BY ENEMY ACTION IN THE PERFORMANCE OF THEIR DUTIES AT ST CATHERINE'S LIGHTHOUSE 1ST JUNE 1943
"LET YOUR LIGHT SO SHINE BEFORE MEN THAT THEY MAY SEE YOUR GOOD WORKS"


 
CWGC references

Richard Grenfell CWGC record...
William Jones CWGC record...
Charles Tompkins CWGC record...


Newspaper reports :

ISLE OF WIGHT MERCURY

Friday, June 11, 1943 Page 2

Some Topical Reflections
By B.W.R.
Local Freemasons mourn the loss of an esteemed brother by the death of Mr. R.T. Grenfell, who was killed by enemy action in a raid on a South Coast village last week. At a meeting on Tuesday the members passed a vote of sympathy; ...
(not all the report has been transcribed)


Acknowledgments :

Janet Griffin for newspaper research

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page last updated : 6 March 2015 (added newspaper report)

 
 

 
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