Memorial: M2165

Wall tablet in Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, Hampshire commemorating  Vice-Admiral Charles Thompson d. 1799

Location

Holy Trinity Church, Fareham, Hampshire, England

Transcript

'TO THE MEMORY OF / SIR CHARLES THOMPSON, BARONET, / MEMBER IN PARLIAMENT FOR MONMOUTH. / BRED A SEAMAN FROM EARLY LIFE, / HE WAS MADE CAPTAIN IN MARCH 1772, / AND COMMANDED THE ALCIDE IN THE VICTORY / GAINED OFF DOMINICA UNDER LORD RODNEY 1782. / WAS MADE REAR ADMIRAL APRIL 1794, / AND VICE ADMIRAL JUNE 1795. / WAS SECOND IN COMMAND IN THE VICTORY / SO GLORIOUS TO THE BRITISH NAVY, / UNDER SIR JOHN JERVIS OFF CAPE ST. VINCENT / FOR WHICH SERVICE HE WAS CREATED A BARONET. / HE DIED THIRD IN COMMAND OF THE CHANNEL FLEET, / MARCH 17TH 1799 AGED 54 YEARS. / THIS HUMBLE TESTIMONY OF PIOUS ESTEEM AND AFFECTION / IS DEDICATED BY HIS WIDOW, JANE THOMPSON, / AND THEIR FIVE CHILDREN. / CHARLES THE SECOND SON DIED IN THE NAVAL SERVICE AT JAMAICA 1801 aged 13 YEARS.'

Details

Description: The inscription tablet is surmounted by a pediment at the apex of which, is a globe in a metal stand. Flanking the inscription, a figure of a seaman holding a lead and line and a midshipman holding an octant, both clad in short jackets and trousers.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: Nave, south wall
Materials: Marble
Date Erected: 1801
Artists: John Flaxman
Vessel: HMS Britannia

Event

Battle of Cape St Vincent

Event Date

1797

Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War

People

Thompson, Charles
Age: 13
Date of Death: 1801
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation:
Organisation: Royal Navy
Thompson, Charles
Age: 54
Date of Death: 17/3/1799
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Rupert Gunnis 'Dictionary of British Sculptors 1660-1851' (London, 1964); Peter Clissold 'More Memorials in the Solent Area', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 67, p. 369, (Greenwich, 1981). Nikolaus Pevsner and David Lloyd 'Buildings of England: Hampshire and the Isle of Wight' (Harmondsworth, 1967).