Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Purbeck
Town
Swanage
County
Dorset
Country
England
Commemoration
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
26508

Support IWM

Donate with Just Giving

Any gift we receive makes a vital contribution to our ongoing work, from conserving our collection to supporting our public programme.

Current location

St Mary's Church
Church Hill
Swanage
Purbeck
Dorset
BH19 1HU
England

OS Grid Ref: SZ 02723 78776
Denomination: Church of England

View location on Google Maps
Description
ELABORATE WALL MONUMENT IN THE FORM OF A SARCOPHOGUS FLANKED BY CHERUBS, WITH RELIEF OF NAVAL ENGAGEMENT ON THE FRONT
Inscription
SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF/ JOSEPH EDMONDS/ COMMANDER OF THE DEFIANCE OF 24 GUNS/ WHOSE BRAVERY IN CONQUERING A FRENCH/ SHIP OF SUPERIOR FORCE IN 1758 WAS/ GENEROUSLY REWARDED BY THE UNDERWRIGHTERS AND MERCHANTS OF THE CITY OF LONDON/ HE DIED AT SWANAGE 26TH SEPTEMBER 1794/ AGED 74 YEARS/ AND PRISCILLA HIS WIFE AN AFFECTIONATE MOTHER/ TO THEIR CHILDREN SHE DIED 11TH MARCH 1801 AGED 75/ THE MONUMENT PLACED HERE AS A TESTIMONY/ OF FILIAL AFFECTION AND GRATTIUDE./ TO THE MEMORY OF/ JAMES ELDEST SON OF/ JOSEPH AND PRISCILLA EDMONDS/ COMMANDER OF THE NEW ALBION/ DIED AT JAMAICA 5TH JULY 1794/ AGED 53 YEARS/ ALSO OF/ JOHN YOUNGEST SON OF/ THE SAID JOSEPH & PRISCILLA/ COMMANDER OF THE DORSET/ WHO WAS KILLED GALLANTLY DEFENDING HIS SHIP/ AGAINST THE FRENCH OFF THE ISLAND OF CUBA/ 21 OCTOBER 1794/ AGED 29 YEARS
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: rank, surname, date of death, regiment, place of death, forename, manner of death, age
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone
Listing information
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Private

This record comprises all information held by IWM’s War Memorials Register for this memorial. Where we hold a names list for the memorial, this information will be displayed on the memorial record. Please check back as we are adding more names to the database.

This information is made available under a Creative Commons BY-NC licence.

This means you may reuse it for non-commercial purposes only and must attribute it to us using the following statement:

© WMR-26508

For queries, please contact [email protected].