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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.
Photographer: Pippa Lacey

St Michael's Church, Berechurch, Essex, England

Wall tablet in St Michael’s Church, Berechurch, Essex commemorating Vice-Admiral Nicholas Tomlinson d. 1847

Location

St Michael's Church, Berechurch, Essex, England

Transcript

‘Sacred / TO THE MEMORY OF / NICHOLAS TOMLINSON ESQ. / VICE-ADMIRAL OF THE WHITE / WHO DIED MARCH 6TH 1847 / AGED 82 YEARS / FOR SEVENTY YEARS AN OFFICER / IN THE ROYAL NAVY, / GREAT PART WHEREOF INCLUDED A PERIOD / MOST EVENTFUL IN THE ANNALS OF THIS COUNTRY / HE SERVED IT / WITH THE COURAGE, FIDELITY AND ZEAL, / OF ONE WHOSE HEART WAS / IN HIS WORK. / ALSO OF ELIZABETH, / DAUGHTER AND COHEIRESS OF RALPH WARD ESQ. / OF WIMPOLE STREET, LONDON, / AND OF FOXBURROWS, IN THE ADJOINING PARISH / WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE, / 19TH JULY 1839 / AGED 74 YEARS / THEIR REMAINS ARE DEPOSITED IN AN ADJOINING VAULT / IN THIS CHURCHYARD / Whatever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might. ECC. IX:10 / THIS MONUMENT IS ERECTED TO THE MEMORY OF / THEIR BELOVED PARENTS BY THEIR CHILDREN‘

Details

Description: Gothic wall tablet, family arms at the base, a cross at the top.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Inteior
Materials: Stone
Artists: J. Browne, London 1849

People

Tomlinson, Nicholas
Age: 82
Date of Death: 6/3/1847
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Rear-Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: Jean Wilson, 2019

St David's Church, Exeter, Devon, England

Memorial at St David’s Church, Exeter commemorating members of the Floud family including Lieutenant Ross Moore Floud RN d. 1852

Location

St David's Church, Exeter, Devon, England

Transcript

‘This monument is erected in loving memory of / Thomas Floud Esqr. of Sherwood, Devon. / Died a Exeter April 25th 1842, aged 74 / Also to Anne his wife daughter of Ross Moore Esqre / J.P. of Carlingford, Ireland died July 7th 1854 aged 69. / Also to their children / Isaac Cary Floud Died at Frankford, Upper Canada, Oct 9th 1896 / Elizabeth Mary Floud Died June 15th 1836 / Thomas Floud Esq. solicitor Died Feb 23rd 1881 / Ross Moore Floud, Lieut. RN. Died at Barbados, November 28 1852 / Charlotte Floud Died Decr. 6 1886 / Edwina Floud Died an infant May 28 1819 / Edward Francis Floud, Lieut 2nd Regt MNI [Madras Native Infantry] / Died at Jibbulpore [Jabalpur] April 19 1853 / Katherine Edwina Floud Died Octr. 9 1873 / Frances Anne Floud / Died Nov. 30 1890 / Martha Catherine Frances Floud / Died 4 Jan 1900 / Also to the memory of / Sarah Anne Fussell / wife of Thomas Floud Esqr. Solicitor / daughter of William Edwards Esqre. / Great Elm, Somersetshire. Died July 1st 1883 / Also to the memory of Anne Fletcher wife of William Cotton of Exeter, FSA / daughter of Thomas Floud, solicitor and Sarah Anne his wife / who died November 21st 1882, age 41 / Also lies buried in this vault / Margaret Parrott / the … nurse – faithful servant / and trusted friend of the Floud family / with whom she lived nearly 50 years / Died 25th March 1860 – aged 83 / Well done thou good and faithful servant’

Details

Description: Coped stone over family vault.
Type: Coped stone
Position: Churchyard

People

Floud, Ross Moore
Age: 33
Date of Death: 8/11/1852
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Ross Moore Floud born 22 Dec 1818.
Recorder: David J. Wickham, 2019

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales

Memorial in Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff commemorating Edmund Francis d. 1892 and Llewellyn Francis d. 1896

Location

Cathays Cemetery, Cardiff, Glamorgan, Wales

Transcript

In memory of / Edmund Francis / Pilot / who died June 25th 1892 / Aged 45 years / God is Love / Also of / Llewellyn Francis / Pilot / Father of the above who died may 25th 1896 / Aged 82 years'

Details

Type: Gravestone

People

Francis, Edmund
Age: 45
Date of Death: 25/6/1892
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Pilot
Organisation: Unknown
Francis, Llewellyn
Age: 32
Date of Death: 25/5/1896
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Pilot
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Recorder: David J. Wickham

Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa, Rest of the World

Memorial at Ceres, South Africa commemorating Walter Martin d. 1901

Location

Ceres, Western Cape, South Africa, Rest of the World

Transcript

[On cross] 'Peace Perfect Peace' [Plinth] 'In ever / Loving Memory of / WALTER MARTIN / LATE COMMANDER OF THE / UNION CASTLE STEAM SHIP 'SCOT' / WHO ENTERED INTO REST / AT CERES ON THE 25TH DAY OF / JANUARY 1901 AGES 42 YEARS'.

Details

Description: Cross on stepped plinth. Grave with kerbs
Type: Cross
Materials: Marble
Vessel: SS Scot

People

Martin, Walter
Age: 42
Date of Death: 25/1/1901
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Union Castle Line

Extra

Notes: Shaft of cross broken.
Recorder: Roddy Metcalf 2019
Photographer: Roddy Metcalf 2019

St Alban’s Cathedral, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England

Plaque in St Albans Cathedral to Francis A. Grimston, RN d. 1895

Location

St Alban’s Cathedral, St Albans, Hertfordshire, England

Transcript

‘Sacred to the memory of / Francis A. Grimston Esqr. Midshipman of H.M.S. “Bonaventure” / who died of typhoid fever at Mauritius. / 19 August 1895, aged 18. / Beloved by all his shipmates. / This tablet is erected by his brother Officers, in affectionate remembrance.’

Details

Description: Brass wall plaque, with gothic lettering picked out in red. It has a rope twist border, with loops at the corners.
Type: Brass
Position: North side of nave
Materials: Brass
Vessel: HMS Bonaventure

People

Grimston, Francis A.
Age: 18
Date of Death: 19/8/1895
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

St Mary's Church, Belstead, Suffolk, England

Memorial at St Mary’s Church, Belstead, Suffolk, commemorating Admiral Sir Robert Harland, RN d. 1784

Location

St Mary's Church, Belstead, Suffolk, England

Transcript

Beneath / this Stone lieth the Remains of / Vice-Adm Sir Robert Harland Bart / who died February 21, 1784 / Aged 69. / And of his Wife Susannah / who died February 7, 1805 / Aged 72. / Also of their two Daughters / Frances /married to Count Edward Dillon, / who died October 23, 1777 / Aged 25, / And Marianne Dorothy / married to the Hon.ble Gen Dalrymple / and Mother to the Earl of Stair / the 7th Earl, who died October 28, 1785 / Aged 29.

Details

Description: Black marble tombstone
Vessel: HMS Tilbury, HMS Nottingham, HMS Monarch, HMS Essex, HMS Conqueror, HMS Princess Louisa

Event Category

War of the Austrian Succession, Seven Years’ War

People

Harland, Robert
Age: c. 69
Date of Death: 1784
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Admiral Sir Robert Harland was promoted to Commander-in-Chief of the East Indies Station. He went on to become First Naval Lord in 1782 and full Admiral in 1782.


Bibliography: Some Suffolk Church notes: East Anglian : or, Notes and queries on subjects connected with the counties of Suffolk, Cambridge, Essex and Norfolk; Norwich Vol. 7,  (Jan 1898): 266-268.

St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia, Rest of the World

Wall tablet in St Paul’s Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia commemorating Cymbeline Alonzo Edric Huddart RN d. 1899

Location

St Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne, Australia, Rest of the World

Transcript

‘TO THE GLORY OF GOD AND IN LOVING MEMORY OF / CYMBELINE ALONSO EDRIC HUDDART R.N. OF HMS DORIS, SOUTH AFRICAN STATION. /YOUNGEST BELOVED SON OF LOIS AND JAMES HUDDART, BORN AT MELBOURNE / 6 JANUARY 1881, KILLED IN ACTION / AND BURIED AT GRASPAN, CAPE COLONY ON 25 NOV 1899. CONSPICUOUS SERVICE CROSS C.S.C. /WAS POSTHUMOUSLY CONFERRED BY THE KING. It is with deep regret that I have to report the / death of Midshipman Huddart, who behaved magnificently / and still advanced after he had been twice wounded until he was finally struck down mortally wounded. / The Queen read with feelings of admiration and pride / the record by his commanding officer of / the noble conduct of the sailor, whose heroic but / untimely death Her Majesty deeply regrets. The Doris sent one of the most gallant boys that / ever lived, Midshipman Huddart, who charging up the / hill at Graspan continued to advance after he had / been twice wounded, and at last fell mortally hurt / in the moment of victory. /Excerpt from speech to the First Lord of the Admiralty / Royal Academy Banquet 5th May…/ Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God’

Details

Description: Gothic wall tablet. Arms above inscription.
Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Marble

Event

Boer War 1899-1902

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Africa

People

Huddart, Cymbeline Alonso Edric
Age: 18
Date of Death: 25/11/1899
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Midshipman
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Church of St John the Baptist, Shenstone, Staffordshire, England

Gravestone at St John the Baptist, Shenstone commemorating Admiral Sir William Parker d. 1866

Location

Church of St John the Baptist, Shenstone, Staffordshire, England

Transcript

‘Here resteth the body of William Parker, Admiral of the Fleet, Born 1st December 1781 / Died 13th November 1866 / “Looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life”’

Details

Description: Slab on plinth with a cross in relief, the inscription on the edge.
Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Materials: Stone

People

Parker, William
Age: 85
Date of Death: 13/11/1866
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Fleet
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Died of bronchitis. The photograph also shows grave markers to other members of the Parker family. With the viewer facing the church, William Parker's grave is to the left of that of his wife. There are three stained glass windows in the church dedicated to Admiral Parker's memory.
Recorder: Dr Pieter van der Merwe 2019
Photographer: Louise Branch 2018

Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

The Nile clumps – trees planted to commemorate the Battle of the Nile 1798

Location

Amesbury, Wiltshire, England

Details

Description: Seventeen clumps of trees remaining of those planted by Charles Douglas, 6th Marquess of Queensbury possibly to commemorate the battle of the Nile.
Materials: Trees

Event

Battle of the Nile

Event Date

1798

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

Extra

Bibliography: Alison Reijman 'Club Members visit the Nile Clumps', 'The Kedge Anchor' Autumn 2018 pp. 35-36