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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
City of London
Town
City of London
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Maker
JOSEPH KENDRICK (Sculptor)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
11728
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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Description
In the North Transept, west aisle, a marble wall monument carved in the round with a bust of a soldier on a pedestal, and two supporting figures. In the centre is a bust of a young man on a convex pedestal, its inscription surrounded by a wreath; to the left is an allegorical female figure with plumed helmet, spear and masked shield; on the right a naked man with animal skin and club; the two figures clasp each others' hands in front of the bust. The whole stands on a plain rectangular podium with the memorial inscription.
Inscription
between the two figures: MYERS below on panel: ERECTED AT PUBLIC EXPENSE TO THE MEMORY OF//LIEUTENANT COLONEL SIR WILLIAM MYERS BART/WHO FELL GLORIOUSLY IN THE BATTLE OF ALBUERA MAY 16th 1811/ AGED 27 YEARS/ HIS ILLUSTRIOUS COMMANDER THE DUKE OF WELLINGTON BORE THIS HONOURABLE TESTIMONY/ TO HIS SERVICES AND ABILITIES IN A LETTER TO LADY MYERS WRITTEN FROM ELVAS MAY 20th 1811/ "IT WILL BE SOME CONSOLATION TO YOU TO KNOW THAT YOUR SON FELL IN AN ACTION IN WHICH, IF POSSIBLE, THE BRITISH TROOPS SURPASSED ALL THEIR FORMER DEEDS, AND AT/ THE HEAD OF THE FUSILIERS BRIGADE, TO WHICH A GREAT PART OF THE FINAL SUCCESS/ OF THE DAY WAS TO BE ATTRIBUTED. AS AN OFFICER HE HAD ALREADY BEEN HIGHLY/ DISTINGUISHED AND, IF PROVIDENCE HAD PROLONGED HIS LIFE, HE PROMISED TO BECOME/ ONE OF THE BRIGHTEST ORNAMENTS TO HIS PROFESSION AND AN HONOUR TO HIS COUNTRY".
Inscription legible?
yes
Names on memorial
Myers, William
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Commemorations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank, date of death, place of death,forename,manner of death,age of death,additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Reference
  • ST PAUL'S CATHEDRAL by BURMAN, PETER P. 158 Source: Image Library NIWM
  • DICTIONARY OF BRITISH SCULPTORS 1660 - 1851 by GUNNIS, RUPERT P. 226 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:MURRAYS SALES AND SERVICE CO. 1968 LONDON
  • St Paul's Cathedral Inventory Inv no.2482

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