Memorial: M4730

Wall tablet in St Mary’s Church, Watford, Hertfordshire commemorating Lieutenant George Pidcock RN d. 1853

Location

St Mary's Church, Watford, Hertfordshire, England

Transcript

'IN MEMORY OF / LIEUT. GEORGE ADOLPHUS PIDCOCK, R.N. / YOUNGEST SON OF JOHN PIDCOCK, AND GEORGINA, HIS WIFE, / THIS BRAVE AND ZEALOUS OFFICER WAS KILLED / IN THE ACT OF BOARDING WITH THE CUTTERS CREW / A HEAVILY ARMED JUNK WHICH ATTEMPTED TO ESCAPE / WHEN A FORMIDABLE FLEET OF PIRATES WAS CAPTURED OFF AMOY / BY H.M.S.'RATTLER' MAY 11TH 1853, AGED 27. / HIS LOSS IS DEEPLY DEPLORED BY HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS, / AND SINCERELY REGRETTED BY HIS BROTHER OFFICERS / WHO SORROWFULLY COMMITTED HIS BODY TO THE DEEP / BETWEEN NAMQUAN AND THE INCOG ISLANDS.' [INCISED LINE] 'FULL MANY A GEM OF PUREST RAY SERENE / THE DARK UNFATHOMED CAVES OF OCEAN BEAR [italic]'

Details

Description: White marble on a black base. Arched head with a foul anchor in high relief, resting on a cornice carved with dog-tooth ornament, the whole supported by two consoles.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: South nave, east wall
Materials: Marble
Artists: J. Bedford
Vessel: HMS Rattler

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Asia

People

Pidcock, George Adolphus
Age: 26
Date of Death: 11/5/1853
Cause of Death: War casualty
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Recorder: The Arts Society (NADFAS) 1988