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Memorial details

Memorial type
Board / Plaque / Tablet
District
Canterbury
Town
Canterbury
County
Kent
Country
England
Commemoration
Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
Maker
MR JOHN BACON, JNR
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
40950
Current location

On the south side of the Nave
Canterbury Cathedral
Cathedral Close
Canterbury
Canterbury
Kent
CT1 2EH
England

OS Grid Ref: TR 15100 57916
Denomination: Church of England

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Description
White marble inscription tablet surmounted by plain cornice carved ornamentation and obelisk shaped stone backboard. Trophy of arms surmounted by a flaming urn at top.
Inscription
SACRED TO THE MEMORY/ OF CAPTAIN JOHN PURVIS, OF THE FIRST, OR ROYAL, SCOTS REGIMENT,/ WHO WAS MORTALLY WOUNDED ON THE NIGHT OF THE 8TH MARCH, 1814,/ WHILST GALLANTLY LEADING A DIVISION OF THAT BRAVE REGIMENT/ TO THE CHARGE, AT THE SEIGE OF BERGEN OP ZOOM./ HE DESERVEDLY POSSESSED THE REGARD AND ESTEEM OF/ HIS BROTHER OFFICERS, AND DIED, MUCH LAMENTED, ON THE 16TH DAY OF THE SAME MONTH, AT ROSENDAAL;/ WHERE HIS REMAINS WERE INTERRED./ THUS IN THE 44TH. YEAR OF HIS AGE,/ AFTER A SERVICE OF 29 YEARS, IN DEFENCE OF HIS COUNTRY,/ FELL A BRAVE MAN, A SINCERE FRIEND, AND A MOST AFFECTIONATE HUSBAND; WHOSE GREATEST PRIZE WAS TO EMULATE OTHERS, BY THE HONOURABLE/ AND ZEALOUS DISCHARGE OF HIS DUTY./ THIS HUMBLE TRIBUTE OF RESPECT TO HIS BELOVED MEMORY,/ IS ERECTED BY MR ALDERMAN BROWNE, BROTHER TO HIS AFFLICTED WIDOW,/ WHOSE LOSS IS MORE SEVERE,/ FROM THE RECOLLECTION OF/ HIS PRIVATE WORTH.
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Napoleonic Wars (1803-1814)
    Total names on memorial: 1
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 1
    Exact count: no
    Information shown: rank,year died,regiment,place of death,forename,place of burial,manner of death,age of death,relationships,additional
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Backboard
    Measurements: height 1640, width 830
    Materials: Marble - Grey
  • Tablet
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Marble - White
Listing information
  • CHRISTCHURCH CATHEDRAL
  • Grade I
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Other

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