Memorial: M6588

Memorial at Lichfield Cathedral to Admiral Sir William Parker d. 1866.


Lichfield Cathedral, Lichfield, Staffordshire, England


[On wall behind the tomb] ‘In memory of Sir William Parker, Baronet, of Shenstone Lodge, Knight Grand Cross of the most Honourable Order of the Bath, Admiral of the Fleet, Principal Naval Aide-de-Camp to the Queen, one of the Elder Brethren of the Honourable Corporation of the Trinity House, the last survivor of Nelson’s captains. Born 1st December, 1781. Died 13th November, 1866. Erected by many attached professional followers and friends in admiration of his sterling virtues and eminent public services.’


Description: Gothic altar tomb in an arched recess. The front carved with three quatrefoils containing a carving of Christ in majesty in the centre, on each side, an angel with a censer. In two intermediate quatrefoils, shields with the Parker arms impaled with those of Biddulph. An angel is carved at each end, one singing and holding a label inscribed ‘Alleluia’ and the other playing a harp. The jasper marble slab on the top is inlaid with a brass cross surrounded by rope, with an anchor at the foot of the cross which stands on a three-stepped base, engraved with waves and marine animals. Armorials above the inscription on the wall behind - Parker arms and two representations of the badge of the Order of the Bath (military).
Type: Altar tomb
Position: South wall behind the altar
Materials: English alabaster and Pyrrenean jasper
Artists: Scott, George Gilbert [designer]; Poole, Henry & Sons [maker]


First China War

Event Date

1839 - 1842

Event Category

British conflicts in Asia


Parker, William
Age: 85
Date of Death: 13/11/1866
Cause of Death: unknown
Rank / Occupation: Admiral of the Fleet
Organisation: Royal Navy


Notes: Buried at Shenstone.
Bibliography: Savage, Morris Boscawen ‘Lichfield Cathedral: A history of the Naval and Military Monuments, Memorials and Colours’ (Lichfield, 1967) p. 24.
Photographer: Barbara Tomlinson

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