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Grosvenor Square, Southampton, England

Statue in Grosvenor Square, Southampton of Admiral Louis Mountbatten d.1979

Location

Grosvenor Square, Southampton, England

Transcript

'ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET / EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA / KG. PC. OM. GCB. GCSI. GCIE. GCVO. DSO. FRS. / SUPREME ALLIED COMMANDER, SOUTH EAST ASIA / 1943-1946 / SCULPTOR GRETA BERLIN / COMMISSIONED BY TIMBERLAINE PROPERTIES PLC / ERECTED BY PENTAGON DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION LTD / UNVEILED BY THE COUNTESS MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA CD. JP. DL / ON 6TH JULY 1990'

Details

Description: Larger than lifesize bronze statue of Mountbatten on a pedestal in the Royal Navy uniform of Admiral of the Fleet (deck uniform, with admiral's peaked cap, and short-sleeved 'tropics' shirt). In front, a rough-hewn stone slab with a polished face which holds the text cut into its surface. Mountbatten lived in nearby Broadlands House.
Type: Statue
Position: On the roundabout
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1990
Artists: Greta Berlin

Event Category

1939 - 1945 Second World War

People

Mountbatten, Louis Francis Albert Victor Nicholas
Age: 79
Date of Death: 27/8/1979
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Fleet
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Admiral of the Fleet and an uncle to Prince Philip. Lord Mountbatten was murdered in 1979 by members of the IRA while on his fishing boat, the Shadow V.

Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire, England

Memorial in the Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire, dedicated to Admiral of the Fleet, Lord Louis Mountbatten d. 1979

Location

Abbey, Romsey, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET / EARL MOUNTBATTEN OF BURMA / 1900 - 1979 / IN HONOUR BOUND'

Details

Type: Brass
Materials: Stone

People

Mountbatten, Louis
Age: 79
Date of Death: 8/1979
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Fleet
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Earl Mountbatten of Burma, Supreme Allied Commander South East Asia. Active 1900-1979.

St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Memorial in St James’s Cemetery, Liverpool commemorating William Southgate d. 1834

Location

St James's Cemetery, Liverpool, England

Transcript

'William Southgate landing surveyor HM Customs of this Port who fell at the hands of an assassin and died 19th October 1834 age 50'

Details

People

Southgate, William
Age: 50
Date of Death: 19/10/1834
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Landing surveyor
Organisation: HM Customs

Extra

Notes: From a MS in Liverpool Record Office compiled by James Gibson d. 1886, vol. 7, p. 519. 'Liverpool Mercury' 24 October 1834. On the 17th of October, Southgate had been shot with a pistol by Norman Welch, who had been demoted from the post of looker to weigher in the course of a crackdown on dishonesty.

St Mary's Church, Hunstanton, Norfolk, England

Gravestone at St Mary’s Church, Hunstanton, Norfolk commemorating William Webb, 15th Light Dragoons, d. 1784

Location

St Mary's Church, Hunstanton, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'In memory of William Webb late of the 15th Lt. D'ns who was shot from his horse by a party of smugglers on the 26 of Sepr. 1784. / I am not dead but sleepeth here / And when the trumpet sound I will appear / Four balls through me Pearced there [sic] way / Hard it was I'd no time to pray / This stone that her you do see / My comrades erected for the sake of me'

Details

Position: Churchyard

People

Webb, William
Age: Unknown
Date of Death: 26/9/1784
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Soldier
Organisation: 15th Light Dragoons

Extra

Bibliography: Joseph Jefferson Farjeon 'The Compleat Smuggler' (London, 1938) p.144.

The Palisades, Port Royal, Jamaica, Rest of the World

Memorial at the Palisades Cemetery, Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica commemorating Robert Hamilton, RN, Master’s Mate d. 1795

Location

The Palisades, Port Royal, Jamaica, Rest of the World

Transcript

'To the memory of Robert HAMILTON, Masters mate of His Majesty's 'Raisonable', son of Robert Hamilton, M.D. of Lynn, Norfolk....Ane, his wife, who in consequence...at Kingston...Majesty's Service...given him, 20 June 1795, aged 23...He fell a victim to assassins, after near six years service in the Royal Navy, during which, on board the 'Tremendous' he had been a fortunate sharer in the engagements of 29th May and 1st June 1794 between the British and French fleets'

Details

Vessel: HMS ‘Reasonable'; HMS 'Tremendous'

Event

Glorious First of June

Event Date

1794

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Hamilton, Robert
Age: 23
Date of Death: 20/6/1795
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Master's mate
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Captain J.H. Lawrence-Archer 'Monumental Inscriptions of the British West Indies' (London, 1875).

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Memorial tile in All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, commemorating David Clifford d. 1988

Location

All Saints Church, Brightlingsea, Essex, England

Transcript

'DAVID E CLIFFORD aged 29 lost his life whilst on duty M.V. 'Union Jupiter' Dec 24 1988 and is buried in this churchyard'

Details

Type: Memorial tile
Vessel: MV Union Jupiter

People

Clifford, David E.
Age: 29
Date of Death: 24/12/1988
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation:

Extra

Bibliography: Alfred L. Wakeling and Peter Moon 'Tiles of Tragedy' (Brightlingsea, 2001).

Old burial ground, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, England

Gravestone at Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex commemorating David Watts of the Coast guard d. 1832 shot by smugglers

Location

Old burial ground, Bexhill on Sea, East Sussex, England

Transcript

'In memory of David Watts of the Coastguard. He was shot and almost instantly expired on the 21 Feb. 1832, aged 45 yrs'

Details

Type: Headstone

People

Watts, David
Age: 45
Date of Death: 21/2/1832
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Coastguard
Organisation: HM Coastguard

Extra

Notes: TNA HO 52/20/9 report of the incident by the Mayor of Hastings. Probably the churchyard of St Peter's Bexhill.
Bibliography: William Webb 'Coastguard: an official history of HM Coastguard' (London, 1976) p. 28.

Thursley, Surrey, England

Memorial at Thursley, Surrey commemorating an anonymous sailor, murdered by robbers at Hindhead 1786

Location

Thursley, Surrey, England

Transcript

'In Memory of / A generous but unfortunate Sailor / Who was barbarously murder'd on Hindhead / On Sept 14th 1786 / By three Villains / After he had liberally treated them / And promised them his farther Assistance / On the Road to Portsmouth / When pitying Eyes to see my Grave shall come, / And with a generous Tear bedew my tomb, / Here shall they read my melancholy Fate, / With Murder and Barbarity complete / In perfect Health, and in the Flow'r of Age, / I fell a Victim to three Ruffians Rage; / On bended knees I mercy strove t'obtain, / Their Thirst of Blood made all entreaties vain, / No dear Relation or still dearer Friend / Weeps my hard Lot, or miserable End; / Yet o'er my sad Remains my Name unknown / A generous Public have inscrib'd this Stone'

Details

Description: Carved with a relief depicting the murder.
Type: Memorial
Artists: R. Morton, J Eade

Extra

Bibliography: 'AA Illustrated Road Book of England and Wales' 1965 (London 4th Edition) pl. 330.

Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, England

Memorial wall monument in Portsmouth Cathedral commemorating Lord High Admiral George Villiers, First Duke of Buckingham RN d. 1628

Location

Cathedral of St Thomas of Canterbury, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'GEORGIO VILARIO BUCKINHAM DVCI / QVI MAIIORIBVS VTRIQ. CLARISSIMIS ORIVNDVS: PATRE / GEORGIO VIILERIO DE BROOKSBY IN COMTI: LEICESTR: /MILIT: MATRE MARIA BEAUMONT BVCKINGH: COMITISSE / CVNCTIS NATVRAE FORTVNEQ DOTIBIS / INSIGNIS DVORV PRVDENTISSIMORV PRINCIPVM GRATIA SVISQ MERITIS / VOTA SVORVM SVPERGRESS. RERVM GERENDARV MOLI / PAR SOLI INVIDIAE IMPAR. DVM / EXERCITVS / ITERV IN HOSTE / PARAT HOC IN OPIDO CAEDIS IMANISS: FATALI ARENA / NOVO CRVORIS ET LACHRIMAR INVNDANTE OCEANO / NEFERIA PERDITISSIMI SICARII MANV. / PERCVSSVS OCCVBVIT ANO: DNI: MDCXXVIII: MENSE AVG: DIE XXIII / VIRO AD OMNIA QVAE MAXIMA ESSENT NATO EIVSQ. / SUSANNA SOROR DENBIGHIAE COMITISSA / CVM LACHRIMIS ET LVCTV PERPETVO P: / ANO: DNI: MDCXXXI / TV VIATOR SI QVA TIBI PIETATIS VISCERA TAM INDIGNV / TANTI VIRI CASVM INDIGNABVNDVS GEME / ET VALE.' [Translation] To George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, a man sprung from most famous stock, his father being George Villiers, knight, of Brooksby in the County of Leicester and his mother Mary Beaumont countess of Buckingham. He was distinguished in all endowments of nature and fortune, through the favour of two most prudent princes. By his own merits he surpassed the promise of his own gifts, proving equal to the weight of state affairs and unequal only to envy and jealousy. While he was preparing armies a second time against the enemy, in this very town, fatal theatre of monstrous murder, where a new ocean overflows of blood and tears, he was struck down by the impious hand of a most accursed assassin on the twenty-third day of August in the year of our Lord 1628. To such a man, born to everything of greatest worth, Susanna his sister, countess of Denbigh, in tears and everlasting grief, erected this monument in the year 1631. His bowls, together with hers, are buried here. You, traveller, if you have any bowels of pity, groan with indignation at such unworthy fate of so great a man, and so depart.

Details

Description: Inscription tablet flanked by two allegorical figures-fame holding a trumpet, the other figure holds a heart. At the base of the monument, a skull. Above, an urn in a recess with panels of military trophies on either side. At the top, a pediment on which sit two putti with trumpets, Buckingham's arms in the centre.
Type: Wall monument
Position: South choir aisle
Materials: Marble
Artists: Hubert Le Sueur

People

Villiers, George
Age: 35
Date of Death: 23/8/1628
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Lord High Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: 1st Duke of Buckingham. The monument was originally at the East end of the chancel. It was moved in 1848. The bowels are buried here, the rest of his body in Westminster Abbey.

Bibliography: Nickolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd 'Buildings of England: Hampshire and Isle of Wight' (London, 1996) p. 404; Adam White 'A biographical dictionary of London tomb sculptors', 'Sixty first volume of the Walpole Society' (1999); Nigel Llewellyn 'Funeral monuments in post-reformation England' (Cambridge University Press, 2000) p. 46.

Recorder: B. Tomlinson
Photographer: B. Tomlinson

West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Statue in West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire commemorating Captain James Cook RN d. 1799

Location

West Cliff, Whitby, North Yorkshire, England

Transcript

[Front]'CAPTAIN / JAMES COOK R.N./1728-1779' [motto] 'CIRCA ORBEM', 'NIL INTENTUM RELIQUE' [back] 'RESOLUTION'[side] 'FOR / THE LASTING MEMORY OF A GREAT YORKSHIRE / SEAMAN THIS BRONZE / HAS BEEN CAST, AND IS / LEFT IN THE KEEPING OF / WHITBY; THE BIRTH / PLACE OF THOSE GOOD / SHIPS THAT BORE HIM / AND HIS ENTERPRISES / BROUGHT HIM TO GLORY, / AND LEFT HIM AT REST' [on plinth] 'THIS PLAQUE WAS PRESENTED BY THE PEOPLE OF CANADA / TO COMMEMORATE THE 250TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF / CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, R.N., R.R.S. / AND WAS UNVEILED BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR CANANDA / THE HONOURABLE PAUL MARTIN P.C.C.Q.C. / OCTOBER 1978. / CETTE DON DU PEUPLE CANADIEN / EN COMMEMORATION DU 250EME ANNIVERSAIRE DE LA NAISSANCE DU/CAPITAINE JAMES COOK. R.N., F.R.S./FUT INAUGUREE PAR LE HAUT-COMMISSAIRE DU CANADA / L'HONORABLE PAUL MARTIN. C.P. C.C.C.R. / OCTOBRE 1978' [on plinth] 'THIS PLAQUE IS TO COMMEMORATE THE MEN WHO BUILT / THE WHITBY SHIPS / ENDEAVOUR, RESOLUTION, ADVENTURE, DISCOVERY / USED BY/CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, R.N., F.R.S. / AND ALSO THE MEN WHO SAILED WITH HIM / ON THE GREATEST VOYAGES OF EXPLORATION OF ALL TIME / 1768-1771, 1772-1775, 1776-1778 / UNVEILED IN THE PRESENCE OF THE / HIGH COMMISSIONERS OF AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND / ON THE 26 AUG. 1968 / THE BICENTENARY OF HIS FIRST VOYAGE / TO STRIVE, TO SEEK, TO FIND AND NOT THE YEILD.', 'THIS PLAQUE / WAS PRESENTED BY THE PEOPLE OF NEW ZEALAND / IN TRIBUTE TO THE GREAT NAVIGATOR / CAPTAIN JAMES COOK, R.N., F.R.S. / AND THE MEN WHO SAILED WITH HIM / ON HIS VOAYGES OF DISCOVERY / ”IN EVERY SITUATION HE STOOD UNRIVALED AND ALONE, / ON HIM ALL EYES WERE TURNED” / UNVEILED BY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR NEW ZEALAND / THE HONOURABLE W.L. YOUNG / 2ND APRIL 1984' [plinth] 'THIS PLAQUE / WAS PRESENTED BY THE PEOPLE OF AUSTRALIA / TO THE WHITBY URBAN DISTRICT COUNCIL / TO COMMEMORATE THE BI-CENTENARY OF THE DISCOVERY / OF THE EAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA BY / LIEUTENANT JAMES COOK, R.N. / FROM THIS DISCOVERY EMERGED A NATION. / 20TH APRIL – 22ND AUGUST 1770. / UNVEILED BY / HIS EXCELLANCY THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR AUSTRALIA. / THE HON. SIR ALEXANDER DOWNER, K.B.E./20TH APRIL 1970'

Details

Description: Full-length in uniform, the plinth is carved with Cook's coat of arms.


Type: Statue
Materials: Bronze
Date Erected: 1912
Artists: John Tweed

People

Cook, James
Age: 51
Date of Death: 14/2/1779
Cause of Death: Killed by indigenous people
Rank / Occupation: Captain RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Presented by the Honourable Gervase Becket.
Bibliography: J.D. Bennett 'Discovering Statues: Central and Northern England' (Tring, 1968).