Friends of Hastings Cemetery
Henry Thomas Betts is commemorated at AS E30 with his parents, Elizabeth and William, but he is not buried there. Possibly his body was never found.
He fell overboard from the RX 232 “ Dove” off Dungeness on the 2nd December 1886. He had been sitting on the side of the boat picking mackerel out of the net, it was blowing very hard with a good sea on. His oil frock kept him afloat for half an hour but the crew could not reach him because they were short handed. Betts was single and had been with Charles Gallop, the owner and master of the “Dove”. for several years.
William Betts was born in 1818 in Hastings,Saint Clement . During the 1851 UK Census he was 33 years old and lived in Bourn[sic] Street, Hastings. He appears as the head of he house in the 1851 UK Census. His wife, Elizabeth, was born in Guestling in 1813 and was 38 years old at the time of the census.
Also living in the house were Jane Page (11, Female), William Betts (3, Male), Mary Ann Betts (1, Female)
They lost both their anchors and cables, and set sail for-
Witness believed if those on the beach had thrown them a line, they would all have been saved……… In reply to questions, Mr. Phillips said he understood the management of a boat. He was showing a light. The Coroner remarked that he did not think a light was much good on such a night. ….. In reply to further questions, witness said he had some large sails with him, but could not set them, on account of the wind. The ropes of the vessel were frozen.
George Sargeant, a fisherman, living at Brewery-