Memorial: M6529

Memorial to Vice-Admiral Harry Edmund Edgell d. 1876 at  Beckington, Somerset.

Location

St George's Church, Beckington, Somerset, England

Transcript

'THIS TABLET IS ERECTED IN LOVING REMEMBRANCE OF VICE ADMIRAL HARRY EDMUND EDGELL. C.B. / OF STANDERWICK COURT SOMERSET / (ONLY SON OF REAR ADMIRAL HARRY FFOLKES EDMUND EDGELL) / BORN MAY 7 1809 / THE GREATER PART OF WHOSE LIFE WAS SPENT IN THE ACTIVE SERVICE / OF HIS COUNTRY. / WHILE YET A LIEUTENANT HE WAS ENGAGED IN THE SUPPRESSION OF PIRACY / IN THE STRAITES OF MALACCA AND SUBSEQUENTLY TOOK PART / IN FORCING THE PASSAGE OF THE BOCCA TIGRIS (CANTON RIVER) / IN WHICH ACTION HE WAS TWICE WOUNDED / SERVED IN THE FOLLOWING YEAR / UNDER CAPTN. HYDE PARKER, H.M.S. "RODNEY" ON THE COAST OF SPAIN, / DURING HE CARLIST WAR. / WHILE IN COMMAND OF H.M.S. "SIREN" PROCEEDED TO BOUDROOM, ASIA MINOR, / AND CONVEYED TO ENGLAND THE CELEBRATED "CANNING MARBLES" / NOW IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM, / FOR WHICH, AND OTHER LOCAL SERVICES HE RECEIVED THE THANKS, OF / THE GOVERNMENT, AND THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF. / IN 1855, IN COMMAND OF H.M.S. "TRIBUNE" DURING THE CRIMEAN WAR / SERVED IN THE BLACK SEA, AND ASSISTED IN TH CAPTURE OF KINBURN, / WAS PRESENT AT ARICA, WHERE, DURING THE REVOLUTION IN PERU, / HE RENDERED MUCH IMPORTANT SERVICE. / WAS ACTIVELY EMPLOYED DURING THE CHINESE WAR (1857-1858) / AND IN ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF HIS SERVICES WAS APPOINTED COMMODORE / IN THE EAST INDIAN AND CHINA STATION. / IN 1859 WAS NOMINATED C.B., AND IN 1861 A.D.C. TO HER MAJESTY. / IN 1863 WAS APPOINTED CAPTN. SUPERINTENDENT / OF THE R.N. HOSPITAL, HASLAR, GOSPORT. / IN 1864, HE BECAME REAR-ADMIRAL. / IN 1866, RETIRED ON A GREENWICH HOSPITAL PENSION, AND IN 1871, / ATTAINED THE RANK OF VICE-ADMIRAL. / HE HAD RECEIVED THE CRIMEAN, TURKISH, AND CHINESE MEDALS / AND THE TURKISH ORDER OF THE MEDJIDIE, OF THE 4TH CLASS / A TRUE EXAMPLE ALIKE OF THE / BRITISH SAILOR AND CHRISTIAN GENTLEMEN, / HE PASSED TO HIS REST FRBY 4. 1876, AGED 66, / AND WAS INTERRED IN THE FAMILY VAULT OF THIS CHURCH.'

Details

Description: Inscription surrounded by cable moulding, curved at the top containing a recessed circle with a carved anchor.
Type: Wall tablet
Position: West end of nave
Materials: White and grey marble, Bath stone

Event

Second China War; Crimea War

Event Category

19th Century conflicts in Asia

People

Edgell, Henry Edmund
Age: 66
Date of Death: 4/2/1876
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Vice Admiral
Organisation: Royal Navy

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