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Memorial details

Memorial type
Addition to gravestone
District
Mendip
Town
Butleigh
County
Somerset
Country
England
Commemoration
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
25034
Current location

St Leonards Church
Church Close
Butleigh
Mendip
Somerset
BA6 8SH
England

OS Grid Ref: ST5199833903
Denomination: Church of England

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Inscription
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF /ALEXANDER HOOD, ESQ/CAPTAIN IN THE ROYAL NAVY;/WHO SAILED ROUND THE WORLD WITH THAT JUSTLY CELEBRATED CIRCUMNAVIGATOR/CAPTAIN COOK/IN THE YEAR 1774/HE DEVOTED HIS LIFE TO THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY, WHICH WAS ENGAGED IN A WAR WITH FRANCE SINCE THE YEAR 1793; AND BEING APPOINTED TO THE COMMAND OF THE MARS A 74 GUN SHIP, WAS KILLED/ ON THE 21ST OF APRIL 1798, AT THE CLOSE OF A SUCCESSFUL ACTION WITH THE FRENCH SHIP "HERCULE", IN THE 40TH/ YEAR OF AGE; LEAVING A WIDOW AND TWO/ CHILDREN TO DEPLORE THE LOSS OF A MOST/ AFFECTIONATE HUSBAND AND PARENT/ - BRITANNIA WHEN THIS HUMBLE STONE YOU SEE,/THINK ON THIS HERO WHO HAS BLED FOR THEE, HIS CONQUERING ARM HERCULEAN FORCE SUBDUED/AND CROWNED WITH LAURELS, DEATH HE SMILING VIEW'D/THEN LET THE CRYSTAL TEAR BEDEW THINE EYE/AND GRATEFUL HEAVE THE TRIBUTARY SIGH,/THAT IN THE SILENT CHAMBER OF THE GRAVE, THY FAVOURITE SLEEPS, LAMENTED HOOD THE BRAVE
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: Undefined
    Died: 1
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: rank,year died,regiment,forename,manner of death,age of death,relationships
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Memorial
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Undefined
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A

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