Memorial: M1717

Wall monument in St Mary’s Church, Bury, Lancashire commemorating Lieutenants RN Robert Hood d. 1821 and George Hood d. 1823.


St Mary's Church, Bury, Lancashire, England


'Sacred to the Memory of / LIEUTENANTS ROBERT and GEORGE HOOD, R.N. / SONS of the REVD RICHARD HOOD, L.L.D. of this Town / The former of whom, while engaged in the overland Arctic Expedition, / Under the command of CAPTAIN FRANKLIN, R.N. / After having with unshaken fortitude, endured / unparalleled dangers and privations, / AND BY HIS SKILL IN SCIENCE, / Essentially contributed to the utility of the enterprise, / WAS ASSASSINATED by an IROQUOIS, October 20 1821 / Thus terminating At the early age of four and twenty, / A short but brilliant career , /Distinguished by varied talent and steady determination / Which were rapidly opening a path to the highest honours of his profession / THE LATTER, UNDER CAPTAIN OWEN, R.N. / Employed also in the cause of science, on the Eastern Coast of Africa / perished by a Fever, February. 6th.1823, Being also 24 Years of age, / If his services were less distinguished, / or his fate attracted less of public sympathy, / Than that of his lamented brother, / He required only a more prominent situation / For the display of his uncommon talents and acquirements.' [Base] 'As a tribute of sincere respect / For / the merit of their Fellow Towns men/This Monument was erected / By / some of the Inhabitants of Bury'


Description: Below inscription tablet, a relief of a mourning female with an urn flanked by an elephant and a walrus.

Type: Wall monument
Date Erected: 1824
Artists: Thomas Kirk


Hood, Robert
Age: 24
Date of Death: 20/10/1821
Cause of Death: Murdered
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy
Hood, George
Age: 24
Date of Death: 6/2/1823
Cause of Death: Infectious disease
Rank / Occupation: Lieutenant RN
Organisation: Royal Navy


Bibliography: Hilary P. Mead 'Lieutenant Robert Hood', 'Mariner's Mirror' vol. 42, p.78, (Cambridge, 1956); C Stuart Houston (editor) 'To the Arctic by Canoe 1819-1822: The Journal and Paintings of Robert Hood Midshipman with Franklin' (Montreal, 1974).
Photographer: Lucy Bunhill 2007