Memorial: M3884

Wall monument in Church of St John the Baptist, Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire dedicated to Walter Estcourt. d. 1845

Location

Church of St John the Baptist, Shipton Moyne, Gloucestershire, England

Transcript

'TO THE MEMORY OF / WALTER GRIMSTON BUCKNALL ESTCOURT, ESQR / COMMANDER IN THE ROYAL NAVY / FOURTH SON OF THOMAS GRIMSTON BUCKNALL ESTCOURT ESQR / OF ESTCOURT IN THIS PARISH/AGED THIRTY EIGHT YEARS / TWENTY FIVE OF WHICH / HE PASSED IN THE ACTIVE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY / HE DIED ON THE 16TH SEPTEMBER 1845 / IN COMMAND OF H.M.STEAM SLOOP ECLAIR / WHILE ON HER PASSAGE HOME / FROM THE COAST OF AFRICA / AND WAS BURIED AT SEA / DEEPLY LAMENTED BY THE SURVIVORS OF HIS CREW / WHO HAD WITNESSED HIS DEVOTED /THOUGH UNAVAILING EFFORTS / TO RELIEVE THE SUFFERINGS OF THEIR COMRADES / OF WHOM SIXTY FIVE OFFICERS AND MEN / PERISHED WITH THEIR COMMANDER / VICTIMS OF THE AFRICAN FEVER "I HAD FAINTED UNLESS I HAD BELIEVED TO SEE THE GOODNESS OF THE LORD"'

Details

Description: Inscription on a carved sail suspended from a palm tree, a sword below.
Type: Wall monument
Materials: Marble
Vessel: HMS Eclair

People

Estcourt, Walter Grimston Bucknall
Age: 38
Date of Death: 16/9/1845
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Commander RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Bibliography: Brian Kemp 'English Church Monuments' (London, 1980) p.191.

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