Brigadier General Thomas Fox-Strangways


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Reference WMO254181

Address:

St Mary's Church

Park Lane

Melbury Sampford

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Metal Brass
  • Stone Granite
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Crimean War (1853-1856)
About the memorial: Highly ornate illuminated brass plaque set into a granite backboard. Engraved inscription is inlaid with red, green and blue enamel. Ornamentation includes shield, crossed flags, corner roundels with artillery regiment, badges, medals and battle honours upon both sides. The plaque surrounded by engraved oak leaf border with the Fox family crest at top and a lion at the bottom. The initials 'F S' are in roundels on both sides. The church is at the heart of the Ilchester Estate, private land from which the public is barred from driving but can walk. It is not known whether access to the church is freely available but I believe it may be necessary to seek prior permission from the estate authorities. There is no village of Melbury Sampford; it disappeared when Melbury House was built.
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FUR TAPPERHET LEALT/ JUNCTA TRIA IN UNO/ PRO VIRTUE BELLICH/ LIEPZIG WATERLOO/ ALMA INKERMAN/ IN MEMORY OF/ BRIGADIER GENERAL THOMAS FOX-STRANGWAYS K.C.B./ SECOND SON OF THE HON. AND REV. CHARLES FOX-STRANGWAYS/ BORN 28 DEC'R 1790. DIED 5 NOV'R 1854/ HE ENTERED THE ROYAL ARTILLERY 1806 AND DISTINGUISHED HIMSELF/ IN COMMAND OF THE ROCKET TROOP IN THE WAR OF LIBERATION IN GERMANY IN/ HOLSTEIN AND AT GEORDE AND ESPECIALLY AT THE BATTLE OF LEIPZIG AS WELL AS/ AFTERWARDS AT THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO WHERE HE WAS SEVERELY WOUNDED./ AFTER SERVING MANY YEARS WITH THE GREATEST CREDIT IN THE ROYAL HORSE/ ARTILLERY HE WAS APPOINTED BRIGADIER GENERAL IN COMMAND OF THE/ WHOLE ARTILLERY OF THE BRITISH ARMY IN THE CRIMEA AND THEREFORE CONTRIBUTED/ TO THE VICTORY OF THE ALMA 20 SEPTEMBER 1854./ MEETING AT LENGTH A GLORIOUS DEATH ON THE FIELD OF INKERMAN 5 NOVEMBER/ 1854 HE TERMINATED IN THE MOMENT OF VICTORY A CAREER OF NEARLY HALF/ A CENTURY SPENT IN HIS COUNTRY'S SERVICE COMBINING THE COURAGE OF A SOLDIER WITH THE FAITH AND VIRTUES OF THE/ CHRISTIAN. HE MARRIED IN THE YEAR 1833 SOPHIA ELDEST DAUGHTER OF BENJ'N HARENC ESQ. OF FOOTS/ CRAY PLACE IN KENT AND DIED LEAVING AN ONLY DAUGHTER SOPHIA BORN IN APRIL 1834.

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