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COX, Albert, drowned 1845 off Lydd, Kent
Woburn Paul
My Great Great Great Grandad - Albert Harris Cox was born March 19, 1810. He married Mary Lyons on October 16, 1834 in Seaton and Beer. Served as a Mariner aboard the Revenue Cruiser Nimble, then entered the Coastguard Service on 17 March 1838.

Albert was posted to Battery No 2 Dungeness.

5th Feb 1845 - The Times
Melancholy Accident - Dungeness - On Friday morning, a bark, outward bound, grounded about 9 o’clock, during a very severe snow storm, at low water. Upon the weather clearing, she was discovered by Lieutenant Combe, of No.2 Battery, who immediately ordered his galley to be manned from his station, the sea at that time running very high, and the wind blowing very strong from the north. The boat was carried a short way by the men into the water over the sands, and after a desperate struggle succeeded in getting alongside. She had no sooner succeeded in getting a rope, when a sea unfortunately upset the boat and immersed the rowers in the water, with the exception of Lieutenant Combe, who at the time was climbing up the ship’s side; two of the poor fellows, named Cocks and Cradick, sank to rise no more. Every effort on behalf of Lieutenant Combe and the captain of the ship proved unsuccessful. Further assistance was then made and No.1 Battery launched their galley, and after three most desperate struggles at length got alongside. The awful scene from the shore in witnessing their efforts was truly heartrending. Two Deal boats soon came to her assistance, and by their united efforts, she floated, and proceeded on her way to Portsmouth to repair. We regret to say Cocks left a widow and five children, the other married man had no family. Too much praise cannot be given to the Coast Guard for their praiseworthy and noble exertions. Lieutenant Combe is deeply grieved at the loss of his two men.

12th June 1845 - The Times
The barque William Hannington during a snow storm got on shore in East Bay Dungeness the tide was ebbing and she was in considerable peril Lieutenant Combe of the coastguard at Dungeness went with four of his men to the assistance of the barque which was about four cables length from the shore. The wind was blowing a strong gale with a heavy sea. Before the boat could reach the barque it was capsized and two of the coastguard men were drowned. Lieutenant Combe and the other two being saved on board the barque. Soon afterwards two Deal luggers (fishing boats), the Industry and Union with 23 men came up with the barque and with their assistance she was got off and conveyed to Spithead. Tender of £80 to Lieutenant Combe and £50 to the Deal boatmen. Court awarded Lieutenant Combe £150 and the Deal boatmen £100

In 2007 Combes medal was auctioned at Spinks for £700:
Description: Royal National Lifeboat Institution Medal, silver, Type 1 1824-62, obverse: head of King George IV facing left, (Lieut. Mattw. Combe. R.N. Voted 12 March. 1845.), edge bruise, good very fine, with integral named silver band and original central eye and ring suspension
Notes: Lieutenant Matthew Combe, R.N., served as Chief Officer H.M. Coastguard, No. 2 Battery, Dungeness, his citation for the award reads, ''31 January 1845: The vessel William Harrington, outward bound, grounded at Dungeness, Kent, at 9am in a severe snow storm at low water. When the weather cleared, she was seen by Lieutenant Combe who launched the Coastguard galley with four of his men. The sea was running very high and the north wind was strengthening, but the galley carried a short way over the sands at half water and got alongside. A rope was passed on board the vessel but the sea upset the galley, and the Coastguards were thrown into the water except for Lieutenant Combe who clung to the vessel's side. Two of the men were drowned, whilst the other two succeeded in getting hold of a rope and were saved. With the assistance of No. 1 Battery's boat and two Deal boats, the William Harrington was refloated later and taken to Portsmouth for repairs.''

This is all I have about the incident, is there any other books or records I could find out more from?

Paul
 
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