Memorial: M6529

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

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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