Crew Member James Hughes
- On 9 October 1884, James Hughes, a crew member at Poole Lifeboat Station, tragically died when he fell under the launching carriage during a lifeboat exercise.
- James is one of over 85 in the RNLI’s South division and one of a total of 778 people commemorated on the RNLI memorial from all corners of the UK and Republic of Ireland.
Signalman Arthur Brown (John Buckby’s step grandfather)
- Lifeboat’s last signalman
- Served on lifeboat for 30 years
- Retired at age of 69
- Died the same month as Poole lifeboat station’s 100th anniversary
- John Buckby’s grandfather was a sign writer – painted/wrote most of the service boards
- (Not related to Coxswain Albert Brown)
Family members of Brown, Wills, Hayes and Matthews served as lifeboat crew for 109 years from the establishment of the lifeboat station at Poole in 1865 until 1974.
- Joined 28 July 1965.
- His father was DLA.
- Andrew’s grandfather was in the Rotary and part of the boat committee.
- Fundraising AGM @ Dolphin Hotel (top of High Street) for Ladies’ Lifeboat Guild. The crew didn’t mix with the guild at the time but Andrew went to the meeting and was told off!
- Payment for shouts – 10 shillings a call.
- Andrew wrote to HQ (in London) when they hadn’t been paid for a long time. It turned out that the money had been given to the Mechanic to hand out to the crew at the pub (the Gas Tavern); however, Andrew hadn’t gone to the pub so his pay had been used as drinking money!
- Member of Bournemouth Inshore Lifeboat crew, 12 May 1965–31 October 1972
- Deputy Launching Authority, November 1988–November 1995