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St Peter's Church, Tawstock, Devon, England

Memorial in Tawstock, Devon commemorating Captain Sir Robert Bourchier Sherard Wrey RN d.1916

Location

St Peter's Church, Tawstock, Devon, England

Transcript

‘IN LOVING AND HONOURED / MEMORY OF / SIR BOURCHIER ROBERT / SHERARD WREY 11TH BART. / J.P., D.I., ELDEST SON OF SIR HENRY / BOURCHIER TOKE WREY 10TH BART. / AND OF THE HONBLE. MARIANNE / SARAH HIS WIFE ONLY CHILD OF / PHILIP CASTELL 9TH LORD SHERARD / CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY / MAJOR AND LIEUT. COL. / ROYAL NORTH DEVON HUSSARS / OFFICER COMMANDING THE / ROYAL WINDSOR CASTLE GUARD / 1914-1916 / DECORATED FOR THE / ZULU, EGYPTIAN AND BURMESE / CAMPAIGNS BORN 23RD MAY 1855 / DIED 26TH JANUARY 1917. / THIS TABLET IS DEDICATED / BY HIS WIDOW JESSIE MAUD / LADY WREY DAUGHTER OF / WILLIAM THOMSON FRASER’

Details

Description: Alabaster wall tablet. The inscription tablet is flanked by pilasters, the entablature carved with three knots and the badges of the Royal Navy and North Devon Hussars. The family arms in the centre of a scrolled pediment. Heraldry painted and gilded.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Alabaster

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Africa; 19th century conflicts in Asia

People

Wrey, Robert Bourchier Sherard
Age: 61
Date of Death: 26/1/1917
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond

St Peter's Church, Tawstock, Devon, England

Memorial at Tawstock, Devon to Captain William Bourchier Sherard Wrey RN d. 1926

Location

St Peter's Church, Tawstock, Devon, England

Transcript

‘To the dear memory of / WILLIAM BOURCHIER SHERARD WREY, / C.M.G., C.B.E., Captain Royal Navy, /4th son of Sir Henry Bourchier Toke Wrey, D.L. / of Trebitch and Tawstock Court. / Born April 2nd 1865: died January 8th 1926. / Egypt 1882 and 1885 China 1900, Relief of Pekin. / (2nd in Command Naval Brigade specially promoted Commander) / and in the GREAT WAR 1914-1919. / as Principal Naval Transport Officer and Senior Naval Officer / with rank of Commodore, Southampton. / (Order of Leopold of Belgium: Order of Sacred Treasure of Japan / American D.S.M.) / “We will go by the King’s highway, we will not turn to the right / hand nor the left until we have passed thy borders. / His ashes were buried at sea. / This Memorial was placed here by / FLORA BATHURST, his Wife. / Born March 16th 1870; died April 1st 1954 / Younger daughter of Vice-Admiral and Mrs Greive / of Ord House, Berwick-on-Tweed.’

Details

Description: Alabaster wall tablet with an arched pediment on brackets carved with gilded knots. The pediment contains the family arms and crest, painted and gilded with the motto: 'TEMPS VIENDRA'. A gilded naval crown below the inscription.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interior
Materials: Alabaster

Event

19th century conflicts in Africa; 19th century conflicts in Asia, 1914; 1914-1918 First World War

People

Wrey, William Bourchier Sherard
Age: 50
Date of Death: 8/1/1926
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Captain
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond

Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, Devon, England

Wall tablet in the Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, Devon commemorating Commander James May RN d. 1825

Location

Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, Devon, England

Transcript

‘SACRED to the MEMORY / of JAMES MAY of Barnstaple, Merchant / Obt. The 17th July 1730 AET 48 / Also DOROTHY his Widow / Daughter of JOHN SPONER and Niece of / EDWARD PINE both of Eastdown, Esqrs / Obt. The 4th April 1762 AET 55. / Her Mother was the Only Child of / Edward Harlowine of Cottington Esqr. Sidmouth. / ALSO to the MEMORY of their Son, / JOHN MAY Esqr. / an Officer of the Royal Navy / Who early in life was severely wounded / at the Siege of Louis. Bourgh: / he lived respected and beloved / and died sincerely lamented / Sepr. 2nd 1825 Aged 87 Years. / AND to the MEMORY of / CATHERINE his Wife / who died 5th March 1823 Aged 80’

Details

Event

Siege of Louisbourg

Event Date

1758

Event Category

1756-1763 Seven Years War

People

May, James
Age: 87
Date of Death: 2/9/1825
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, Devon, England

Wall tablet in the Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, Devon commemorating Lieutenant Lewis Rooke RM d. 1870, a veteran of Trafalgar

Location

Church of St John the Baptist, Bishops Tawton, Devon, England

Transcript

‘TRAFALGAR / SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / LEWIS ROOKE ESQR. R.M. / WHO DIED DECEMBER 31ST 1870 / AGED 82 YEARS. / RESURGAM’

Details

Description: Marble wall table in the form of a scroll, Crossed Union Flags (coloured) above the inscription.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Interial
Materials: Marble

Event

Battle of Trafalgar

Event Date

1805

Event Category

1803-1815 Napoleonic War

People

Rooke, Lewis
Age: 82
Date of Death: 31/12/1870
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: 2nd Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Marines

Extra

Bibliography: ADM 36/16489
Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson, 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly in Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemorating William Harrison d. 1864

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'In affectionate remembrance of / William Harrison / 53 years mariner of Hull / Who died October 5th, 1864 / Aged 70 Years. / Long time I ploughed the ocean wide / A life of toil I spent; / But now in harbour safe arrived / From care and discontent. / My anchor's cast, my sails are furl'd / And now I am at rest / Of all the ports throughout the world / Sailors, this is the best.'

Details

People

Harrison, William
Age: 70
Date of Death: 5/10/1864
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Mariner
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) p. 71.

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Memorial formerly in Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull commemorating Thomas Crackles d. 1869

Location

Hessle Road Cemetery, Hull, England

Transcript

'In affectionate remembrance of / Thomas Crackles, / Humber Pilot who was drowned off / the Lincolnshire Coast, / during the gale, October 19th 1869 / Aged 24 years / How swift the torrent rolls / That hastens to the sea; / How strong the tide that bears our souls / On to Eternity.'

Details

Extra

Notes: The cemetery was closed for further burials in 1898 and later cleared as a recreational space.
Bibliography: William Andrews 'Curious epitaphs: collected and edited with notes' (London, 1899) p. 70.

St Agnes's Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, England

Plaque in St Agnes’s Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly commemorating Grenfell Phillip Legg d. 1968

Location

St Agnes's Church, St Agnes, Isles of Scilly, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / GRENFELL PHILLIP LEGG / SON of LAWRENCE and BETTY LEGG / DROWNED OFF ANNETT / 28TH July 1968 aged 20 years / INTERRED at ST BUDOCK CHURCH / Always willing / always kind / treasured memories / left behind.'

Details

Description: Brass plaque infilled in red and blue.
Type: Plaque
Position: Interior
Materials: Brass

People

Legg, Grenfell Phillip
Age: 20
Date of Death: 28/7/1968
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Unknown
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

St Mary's Church, Old Town, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, England

Headstone at St Mary’s Church, Old Town, Isles of Scilly commemorating Captain J.C.F. Ahrl d. 1870

Location

St Mary's Church, Old Town, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, England

Transcript

‘IHS / IN MEMORY / OF / CAPTAIN J.C.F. AHRL / OF THE BERGERMEISTER HA[G]ER / OF ROSTOCK / DROWNED BY THE UPSETTING / OF A LIFEBOAT / ON THE 24TH OF OCTOBER 1870 / AGED 31 YEARS / RESPECTED IN LIFE / LAMENTED IN DEATH’

Details

Description: Plain gothic headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone
Vessel: Bergermeister

People

Ahrl, J.C.F.
Age: 31
Date of Death: 24/10/1870
Cause of Death: Maritime accident
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: unknown

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

St Mary's Church, Old Town, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, England

Headstone at St Mary’s Church, Old Town, Isles of Scilly commemorating Captain Thomas Jackson d. 1849

Location

St Mary's Church, Old Town, St Mary's, Isles of Scilly, England

Transcript

'THIS STONE IS ERECTED / BY A BEREAVED AND UNHAPPY MOTHER / TO THE MEMORY OF HER SON / CAPTAIN THOS. JACKSON / OF CLEY, NORFOLK / WHO DIED OF CHOLERA OFF THIS PORT / IN THE 32ND YEAR OF HIS AGE / BELOVED AND REPRECTED / BY ALL WHO KNEW HIM / I WILL GO DOWN INTO THE GRAVE UNTO MY SON / MOURNING. GEN 37: 35'

Details

Description: Headstone.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone

People

Jackson, Thomas
Age: 32
Date of Death: 15/7/1849
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Merchant service

Extra

Recorder: Professor Norman Hammond & Dr J. L. Wilson 2019
Photographer: Professor Norman Hammond 2019

St Mary the Virgin (formerly Burnham Westgate), Burnham Market, Norfolk

Memorial sarcophagus at St Mary the Virgin (formerly Burnham Westgate), Burnham Market, commemorating Commander Robert Pilch, RN, d. 1846

Location

St Mary the Virgin (formerly Burnham Westgate), Burnham Market, Norfolk

Transcript

‘To the Memory / of / Commander ROBT. PILCH / of the / Royal Navy, / who died / November 25th 1846 / Aged 81 Years.'

Details

Description: Plain sarcophagus memorial. Large crack through the dedication.

People

Pilch, Robert
Age: 81
Date of Death: 25/11/1846
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Commander
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Robert Pilch joined the Navy in 1783. He commanded Bellerophon and Elephant. He was awarded rank of Commander in 1813.
Recorder: Pippa Lacey
Photographer: Pippa Lacey