Memorial: M3130

Gravestone in St Michael Caerhays, Cornwall dedicated to Luke Brokenshaw d. 1840


Parish Church, St Michael Caerhays, Cornwall, England


'To The / Memory / of / Luke Brokenshaw / Master in the Royal Navy / Who died on the 3rd. of May / 1840 / Aged 60 years. / For a series of years he distinguished / himself in the service of his country, / and participated in the honors / of a perishable fame. / In the retirement of private life, the milder / virtues were equally conspicuous: / the love of kindred, and that / more extended benevolence / which embraces entire / mankind were his. / He taught both by precept and example, the / obligations of christian duty; and / in the hearts of a long race of / friends and dependants, / his name and memory / are embalmed. / To an open profession of religion, he added / the substantial evidences of a renewed / heart; and at the close of a life of / more than ordinary usefulness, / he esteemed it his greatest / happiness to know he was / A sinner saved by Grace'


Type: Gravestone
Position: Churchyard
Vessel: HMS Revenge


Battle of Trafalgar 1805

Event Date


Event Category

1793-1802 French Revolutionary War


Brokenshaw, Luke
Date of Death: 3/5/1840
Cause of Death: Unknown/None
Rank / Occupation: Master
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Master of HMS 'Revenge' at Trafalgar. Inscription recorded in Cornwall Record Office AD.676/5. Born 1779. Original gravestone badly damaged. A wooden memorial was present in St Peter's churchyard, Mevagissy, Cornwall in 1967 but is no longer there.
Bibliography: Joseph Polsue 'Lake's Parochial History of the County of Cornwall' vol.3 (1870)

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