Memorial: M6376

Wall tablet in St Ann’s Church, Portsmouth Naval Dockyard commemorating¬† Rear-Admiral Charles John Austen¬† d. 1852

Location

St Ann's Church, Naval Dockyard, Portsmouth, England

Transcript

'SACRED / TO THE MEMORY OF / CHARLES JOHN AUSTEN. ESQR. / REAR ADMIRAL OF THE RED COMPANION OF THE BATH, AND / COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF H.M. NAVAL FORCE IN THE EAST / INDIES, WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE OFF PROME, IN THE / RIVER IRRAWADDY, WHILST CONDUCTING THE NAVAL PART / OF THE ATTACK ON THE BURMESE EMPIRE. / OF DISTINGUISHED ZEAL, AND UNIMPEACHABLE INTEGRITY / AS A PUBLIC OFFICER DURING 37 YEARS OF ACTIVE SERVICE / RESPECTED AND BELOVED BY ALL HIS ACQUAINTANCE, / AND DEEPLY REGRETTED BY HIS AFFLICTED WIDOW, FAMILY / AND RELATIVES; HE DIED IN THE SURE HOPE OF A JOYFUL / RESURRECTION, ON THE 7TH OCTOBER, 1852, AGED 73 YEARS. / FOR WE KNOW, THAT IF OUR EARTHLY HOUSE OF THIS / TABERNACLE WERE DISSOLVED, WE HAVE A BUILDING OF / GOD, AN HOUSE NOT MADE WITH HANDS, ETERNAL IN THE HEAVANS. 2 COR. v.1.'

Details

Type: Wall tablet
Materials: Stone
Vessel: HMS Bellerophon

Event

Oriental Crisis, Second Burma War,

Event Date

1840, 1852-53

Event Category

19th century conflicts in Asia

People

Austen, Charles John
Age: 73
Date of Death: 7/10/1852
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Rear-Admiral of the Red
Organisation: Royal Navy

Extra

Notes: Brother to Jane Austen. Commanded HMS 'Bellerophon' during the undeclared war against the vali (Governor) of Egypt during the oriental crisis of 1840.