CAPT NICHOLAS LE MESSURIER

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Reference WMO253455

Address:

TOWN CHURCH

CHURCH SQUARE

ST PETER PORT

GUERNSEY

Channel Islands

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
  • Stone Portland stone
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • 18th Century Wars
About the memorial: PLAQUE IN CHURCH
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SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF CAPt' NICHOLAS LE MESSURIER COMMANDER OF THE PRIVATE SHIP OF WAR THE BELLONA OF TWENTY GUNS BELONGING TO THIS ISLAND WHO BEING ON A CRUISE IN THE NIGHT OF THE TWELFTH OF FEBRUARY 1759 FELL IN WITH A LARGE FRENCH EAST INDIA SHIP AND IN THE MORNING BY DAWN OF DAY GALLANTLY ATTACKED AND ENGAGED HER BUT ABOUT AN HOUR AFTERWATDS WAS UNFORTUNATELY SLAIN. THE PRIVATEER BEING GREATLY SHATTERED TO HER MAST AND RIGGING HAVING SEVERAL SHOT BETWIXT WIND AND WATER AND MANY MEN KILLED AND WOUNDEDWAS OBLIGED TO SHEER OFF AFTER HAVING GREATLY SHATTERD THE ENEMY. HE WAS A NATIVE OF THIS ISLAND. BORN THE 16TH MAY IN THE YEAR 1731 AND ALWAYS BEHAVED LIKE A BRAVE AND DILIGENT OFFICER TO WHOSE MEMORY THE OWNERS OF THE PRIVATEER HAVE EERCTED THIS MONUMENT OUT OF GRATITUDE FOR HIS GREAT SERVICE. RESTORED BY A FEW GUERNSEYMEN 1906

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