Memorial: M2635

Wall tablet in All Saint’s Church, Hilgay, Norfolk commemorating George William Manby d. 1854 inventor of the Manby Mortar

Location

All Saint's Church, Hilgay, Norfolk, England

Transcript

'IN THE CHURCHYARD NEAR THIS SPOT / REST THE BONES OF / GEORGE WILLIAM MANBY CAPT - F.R.S. / A NAME TO BE REMEMBERED AS LONG AS THERE CAN BE / A STRANDED SHIP / HE DIED NOVR 18, 1854, / AGED 88 YEARS. / OUT OF HIS EIGHT BROTHERS AND SISTERS. / THE LARGE MARBLE STONE ALSO RECORDED THE DEATHS / OF MARY JANE AUGUST 3RD 1772 AGED 10 YEARS. / JOHN MAY 20TH 1783 AGED 11 / AND OF TWO INFANTS. / The public should have paid this tribute'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Date Erected: 1863

People

Manby, George William
Age: 88
Date of Death: 18/11/1854
Cause of Death: Unknown
Rank / Occupation: Inventor
Organisation: Unknown

Extra

Notes: Inventor of the Manby Mortar, for getting a line from the shore to vessels in difficulty, and the fire extinguisher.

Bibliography: William Barr 'Harpoon guns, the lost Greenland settlement and penal colonies: George Manby's Arctic obsessions', 'Polar Record' vol. 37, pp. 291-314.

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