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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast group
District
City Of London
Town
City of London
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Maker
JOHN CHARLES FELIX ROSSI RA (Sculptor)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
11727
Current location

St. Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Churchyard
City of London
City Of London
Greater London
EC4M 8AD
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 32035 81148
Denomination: Church of England

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Previous locations
  • North Transept
    St Pauls Cathedral
    City of London
    City Of London
    Greater London
    England

    OS Grid Ref: Undefined
    Denomination: Church of England
Description
In the Crypt, north aisle, a neo-classical sarcophagus rests on convex plinth. Lions' heads on sarcophagus. Two giant winged figures, one male one female lean against the plinth whilst holding portrait medallions of MOSSE (on left) and RIOU (on right) between which is the inscription.
Inscription
THE SERVICES AND DEATH / OF TWO VALIANT AND DISTINGUISHED OFFICERS. JAMES ROBERT MOSSE, CAPTAIN OF THE MONARCH/ AND EDWARD RIOU OF THE AMAZON/ FELL IN THE ATTACK UPON COPENHAGEN/ CONDUCTED BY LORD NELSON 2ND APRIL 1801/ ARE COMMEMORATED BY THIS MONUMENT/ ERECTED AT THE NATIONAL EXPENCE./ JAMES ROBERT ROSSE WAS BORN IN 1746/ SERVED AS A LIEUTENANT/ SEVERAL YEARS UNDER LORD HOWE/ AND WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF POST CAPTAIN IN 1790./ TO EDWARD RIOU WHO WAS BORN IN 1762/ AN EXTRAORDINARY OCCASION WAS PRESENTED/ IN THE EARLY PART OF HIS SERVICE,/ OF SIGNALIZING HIS INTREPIDITY/ AND PRESENCE OF MIND/ WHICH WERE COMBINED WITH THE MOST ANXIOUS/ SOLICITUDE FOR THE LIVES OF THOSE UNDER HIS COMMAND/ WITH A MAGNANIMOUS DISREGARD FOR HIS OWN./ WHEN HIS SHIP, THE GUARDIAN STRUCK UPON/ AN ISLAND OF ICE, IN DEC 1789 AND AFFORDED NO PROSPECT./ BUT THAT OF IMMEDIATE DESTRUCTION TO THOSE ON BOARD,/ LIEUT RIOU ENCOURAGED ALL THOSE WHO DESIRED TO TAKE THE CHANCE/ OF PRESERVING THEMSELVES IN THE BOATS TO CONSULT THEIR SAFETY/ BUT JUDGING IT CONTRARY TO HIS OWN DUTY/ TO DESERT THE VESSEL/ HE NEITHER GAVE UP TO DESPAIR/ NOR RELAXED HIS EXERTIONS;/ WHEREBY AFTER TEN WEEKS OF THE MOST PERILOUS NAVIGATION. HE SUCEEDED IN BRINGING HIS DISABLED SHIP INTO PORT/ RECEIVIHIS HIGH REWARD/ OF FORTITUDE AND PERSEVERANCE/ FROM THE DEVINE PROVIDENCE/ ON WHOSE PROTECTION HE RELIED. round portraits: Capt JAMES ROBERT MOSSE Capt EDWARD RIOU
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Mosse, James, Robert
Riou, Edward
See details for all 2 names
Commemorations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 2
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank,year died,place of death,forename,manner of death,age of death,occupation,additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
Listing information
Condition
Costs

Site: £4,200
Comments: Erected by Parliament

Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL by BURMAN, PETER P. 151 Source: Image Library NIWM
  • St Paul's Cathedral Inventory Inv no.2460

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