Blue plaques unveiled in honour of Cromer Lifeboat Heroes

Three lifeboat heroes who’s bravery saved lives, were honoured by Blue Plaque unveiling’s around the coastal town where they lived.

A blue plaque is a permanent sign in a public place to commemorate a link between that location and a famous person or event, serving as a historical marker.

The well attended ceremony took place on Saturday morning for coxswains Henry Blogg, Henry “Shrimp” Davies and Lewis “Tuna” Harrison, outside where each of the lifeboat men used to live.

John Lee and Teresa Smith, grandchildren of Henry ‘Shrimp’ Davies, did the honours at his former residence in New Street.

Henry ‘Shrimp’ Thomas Davies BEM (1914– 2002) was a famous lifeboatman from Cromer on the north coast of Norfolk, England. ‘Shrimp’ Davies, as he was affectionately known, was one of Cromer Lifeboat Station’s longest serving coxswains, retiring in February 1976.

He had joined the crew of the Cromer life-boat H F Bailey in 1931 and became coxswain in 1947 taking over from Henry Blogg. ‘Shrimp’ was coxswain of Cromer life-boats Henry Blogg and Ruby and Arthur Reed.

Henry got his nickname from his uncle, Henry Blogg, who gave his nephew the nickname ‘Shrimp’ after seeing him as a tiny baby.

Lewis ‘Tuna’ Harrison’s son, Lew Harrison, unveiled the plaque for his father in Garden Street.

Mr Harrison said: “To have a permanent reminder like this, it is wonderful to see.” He added that it had also been nice to see extended family travel to the unveiling ceremony.

John Davies, whose great-great grandfather John James Davies was step father to Henry Blogg, unveiled the plaque for Henry Blogg in Corner Street.

Henry Blogg of the Cromer Lifeboat Station served bravely for many years. From the rescue of the crew of the Pyrin and then of half of the crew of the Fernebo in 1917, through to his near drowning in the service to the SS English Trader in 1941, he was awarded the gold medal of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution three times and the silver medal four times, the George Cross, the British Empire Medal, and a series of other awards.

The plaques are the first batch being installed by the town council and signpost people to the town and RNLI lifeboat museums to find out more about these remarkable men.

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