by Joe Earp
He was a hosiery manufacturer in the 1830’s in Nottingham, residing at High Pavement
He was also a Director of the Nottingham General Cemetery.
Unfortunately his death became more famous than the man himself. He drowned whilst sailing on the SS Forfarshire, made famous by Grace Darling. Sadly he was not one of the nine survivors rescued by Grace Darling.
After his demise his fellow Directors erected a monolith to him in the General Cemetery, this was about 1838 or 1839.
In J Holland Walker’s ‘An itinerary of Nottingham: The Ropewalk and Derby Road’ (1928), Walker briefly mentions Daft Smith Churchill:
‘There is a great obelisk to the memory of Daft Smith Churchill who was drowned in the wreck of the “Forfarshire” off the Farne Islands in 1838 in spite of Grace Darling’s heroic efforts to save him’.