Memorial: M1717

Wall monument in Bury, Lancashire dedicated to both Lieutenants Robert Hood d. 1821 and George Hood d. 1823.



St Mary's Church, Bury, Lancashire, England


'Sacred to the Memory of / LIEUTENANTS ROBERT and GEORGE HOOD, R.N. / SONS of the REVD RICHARD HOOD, L.L.D. of this Town / The former of whom, while engaged in the overland Arctic Expedition, / Under the command of CAPTAIN FRANKLIN, R.N. / After having with unshaken fortitude, endured / unparalleled dangers and privations, / AND BY HIS SKILL IN SCIENCE, / Essentially contributed to the utility of the enterprise, / WAS ASSASSINATED by an IROQUOIS, October 20 1821 / Thus terminating At the early age of four and twenty, / A short but brilliant career , /Distinguished by varied talent and steady determination / Which were rapidly opening a path to the highest honours of his profession / THE LATTER, UNDER CAPTAIN OWEN, R.N. / Employed also in the cause of science, on the Eastern Coast of Africa / perished by a Fever, February.6th.1823, Being also 24 Years of age, / If his services were less distinguished, / or his fate attracted less of public sympathy, / Than that of his lamented brother, / He required only a more prominent situation / For the display of his uncommon talents and acquirements.' [Base] 'As a tribute of sincere respect / For / the merit of their Fellow Towns men/This Monument was erected / By / some of the Inhabitants of Bury'


Description: Below inscription tablet, a relief of a mourning female with an urn flanked by an elephant and a walrus.

Type: Wall monument
Date Erected: 1824
Artists: Thomas Kirk


Hood, Robert
Age: 24
Date of Death: 20/10/1821
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hood, George
Age: 24
Date of Death: 6/2/1823
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy


Bibliography: Hilary P. Mead 'Lieutenant Robert Hood', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 42, p.78, (Cambridge, 1956); C Stuart Houston (editor) 'To the Arctic by Canoe 1819-1822: The Journal and Paintings of Robert Hood Midshipman with Franklin' (Montreal, 1974).

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