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Burial Information

Name on burial register:
   Alfred Lipscombe
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Age at death:
   58
Date of burial:
   10 May 1900
Abode at death:
(according to burial register)
   Newbury
Burial register information:
  
Book number: 1899
Page number: 014
Record number: 7311
Official at burial:
   J A Thomas
     
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Alfred Lipscombe
Article source:    Reading Mercury
Date of source:    09 November 1878
Copyright:    © Reading Mercury

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ALFRED LIPSCOMBE                                     9th November 1878

 

          Mr. Alfred Lipscombe, a chairmaker in West Mills, on this day was presented with the Royal Humane Society's Bronze Medal.

 

          The medal was presented to him by the mayor, Mr. C. Slocock, in the Council Chamber. This was in honour of his repeated bravery in saving people from drowning. A few months previous, 6th August, Lipscombe had jumped into the canal near the swing bridge at West Mills to save a boy who had fallen in. The boy disappeared under the water but was saved.

 

          At this time Lipscombe had saved seven lives, but by the time he died in 1900 he is known to have saved at least 13 lives, sadly a further four, or so, did not survive. Last year he had also received a Vellum Scroll from the Society for having saved two lives and in 1882 he was presented with, from the same society, a bronze clasp for rescuing Henry Jessett from the same spot mentioned above.

 

Reading Mercury

 

Buried 10 May 1900 aged 58

Book 1899  p.014  no.7311

 

From “Newbury 365” by Dr. Nick Young ISBN 978-1-326-208841-2015

Reproduced by permission of the author.

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Alfred Lipscombe
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News
Date of source:    17 June 1897
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News

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ALFRED LIPSCOMBE

A BRAVE FAMILY

Two little boys, Harold Burge, aged 8, and Frank Andrews, aged 8, the latter the son of the Town Crier, and the former of the Assistant Superintendent of the Prudential Society, fell into the river in West Mills yesterday afternoon.  It was in a deep part and the current was strong.

Fortunately an alarm was conveyed to Alfred Lipscombe, jun., who leaving his work ran and jumped in and rescued one of the boys. Then he was told there was another in the water, and he jumped in a second time.

The Lipscombes are a family of rescuers. The father, Alfred Lipscombe, has a record of thirteen saved, and four dead bodies brought from the river.  He holds the Royal Humany (sic) Society’s awards for bravery.  Another son, W. Lipscombe, has saved two lives.

Newbury Weekly News 17th June, 1897.
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Alfred Lipscombe
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
Date of source:    03 May 1877
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News

Transcription:

 
ALFRED LIPSCOMBE

NARROW ESCAPE DROWNING.— On Friday afternoon some children were playing at blind-buff near the swing-bridge at West Mills, when two of the number, Ben Rookley aged eleven, and his sister three years of age, fell into the river. Mr. Henry Dodd, Town Hall keeper, seeing the children in the water, jumped in and rescued the younger child whom he placed upon the bank. In trying to reach the boy, who grasped his hand, Mr. Dodd was drawn into the middle of the stream. Being no swimmer he was in danger of being drowned ; indeed he had been down twice, and was going under the third time when Mr. Alfred Lipscombe, chairmaker, came up, and pulling off his coat plunged into the stream and succeeded in catching Mr. Dodd, whom he with difficulty, and with the assistance of others on the bank, brought to shore ; and then it was Mr. Lipscombe found that he had been the means of saving not only the life of Mr Dodd, but of the boy who was clinging to the latter. 
 
The conduct of Mr. Dodd and Mr. Lipscombe is worthy of all praise, and it is very properly intended to represent their noble daring to the Royal Humane Society for some mark of commendation which they give in such cases. Mr. Lipscombe being out of health at the time, his heroic conduct is more especially worthy of some notice. 
 
Since writing the above we understand that it is the rule of the Royal Humane Society not to grant pecuniary rewards in cases that occur beyond 30 miles from the metropolis, and it is therefore suggested that an effort should be made to present Dodd and Lipscombe with some acknowledgement by a subscription being raised by those who are disposed to show an appreciation of their gallant conduct. 
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Alfred Lupscombe
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
Date of source:    24 May 1877
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News

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ALFRED LIPSCOMBE

SUBSCRIPTION TO ALFRED LIPSCOMBE. 
 
A Subieription has been opened on behalf of Alfred Lipscombe, who gallantly rescued Henry Dodd and a lad named Rookley, from a watery grave. Lipscombe had previously been in bad health and unable to follow his employment. 
 
He is now worse, caused no doubt by the exposure incident to his heroic effort. A few subscriptions have been made spontaneously ; others will be thankfully received by Mr.J.B. Stone, 35, Northbrook-street, who has kindly consented to act as Treasurer of the Fund. 
 
J. Stillman, 2s. 6d ; T. Rookley, 2s. ; A Friend, 2s. 6d. ; J. B. Stone, 2s. 6d.; F. Davis, 2s. 6d.: H. Davis, 1s.; Pullen, 2s.; C. Saunders, 1s., M. C. Palmer, Esq., 2s. 6d.; F. Stone, Is. 
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Alfred Lipscombe
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
Date of source:    31 May 1877
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News

Transcription:

 
ALFRED LIPSCOMBE

THE LATE RESCUE FROM DROWNING AT WEST MILLS.

At a recent meeting of the Royal Humane Society awards were conferred on Mr. Henry Dodd and Mr. Alfred Lipscombe for courageous conduct at West Mill.
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Alfred Lipscombe
Article source:    Newbury Weekly News and General Advertiser
Date of source:    12 July 1877
Copyright:    © Newbury Weekly News

Transcription:

 
ALFRED LIPSCOMBE

THE GALLANT RESCUE AT WEST MILLS. 
 
Mr. Henry Dodd and Mr. Alfred Lipscombe were called in, and the MAYOR presented to them the certificates received from the Royal Humane Society. Mr. Stone also presented to Lipscombe the proceeds of subscription raised on his behalf, namely, from friends, £1.12s.; the Freemasons, 13s.; and Good Templars, 6s.; total £2.11s. It was also ordered that another drag should be placed at Mr. Hine's mill. 
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