Colonel C R Cureton

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Reference WMO254620

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St Mary's Church

St Mary's Street

Shrewsbury

SY1 1DX

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Figure sculpture
Materials:
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Colonial India
About the memorial: Inside the porch of the church and to the right, this is a traditional tomb with an inscription on the base and an effigy of Col Cureton on the top. Col Cureton is dressed in a military greatcoat with decorations and wearing gauntlets; his head rests on a stone bolster and there is a metal sword to his right hand. The Battle of Ramnagar was fought on 22 November 1848 between British and Sikh forces during the Second Anglo-Sikh War. The British were led by Sir Hugh Gough, while the Sikhs were led by Sher Singh Attariwalla. After a third charge failed, Brigadier Charles Robert Cureton, the commander of the cavalry division to which the troops belonged, galloped up and ordered a retreat. He himself was then killed by musket fire. Official British casualties, including Brigadier General Cureton, were 26 killed or missing, 59 wounded
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Sacred to the memory of /Colonel C R Cureton C.B. and A.D.C. to the Queen/Adjutant General of H.M. Forces in India/ and late Lieut. Colonel commanding the 16th Lancers/ who fell in an engagement with the Sikh troops at Ramnuggur/ on the 22nd of November 1948/ when commanding the cavalry of the British Army under General Lord Gough G.C.B./This monument is erected by his comrades and brother officers in India/ by whom he was held as a soldier in universal admiration and respect/ and in love and esteem as a friend.

Col C R Cureton CB

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