FREDERICK MACKESON

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Reference WMO255740

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Canterbury Cathedral

Canterbury

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:
  • Stone Alabaster
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
Conflicts:
  • Colonial India
About the memorial: MEMORIAL PLAQUE IN CATHEDRAL
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TO THE MEMORY OF FREDERICK MACKESON LIEUTENANT COLONEL IN THE BENGAL ARMY. COMPANION OF THE BATH AND COMMISSIONER OF PESAWUR. HE WAS BORN AT HYTHE IN THIS COUNTY SEPTEMBER 2ND 1807 AND WAS EDUCATED IN THE KINGS SCHOOL OF THIS CATHEDRAL AND DIED AT PESHAWUR SEPTEMBER 14TH 1853 OF A WOUND INFLICTED BY A MAHOMETAN FANATIC. THE REPUTATION OF LIEUTENANT MACKESON AS A SOLDIER IS KNOWN TO AND HONOURED BY ALL. HIS VALUE AS A POLITICAL SERVANT OF THE STATE IS KNOWN TO NONE BETTER THAN TO THE GOVERNOR GENERAL HIMSELF WHO IN A DIFFICULT AND EVENTFUL TIME HAD CAUSE TO MARK HIS GREAT ABILITY AND THE ADMIRABLE PRUDENCE DISCRETION AND TEMPER WHICH ADDED TENFOLD VALUE TO THE HIGH SOLDIERLY QUALITIES OF HIS PUBLIC CHARACTER. THE LOSS OF COLONEL MACKESONS LIFE WOULD HAVE DIMMED A VICTORY. TO LOSE HIM BY THE HAND OF A FOULS ASSASSIN IS A MISFORTUNE OF THE HEAVIEST GLOOM FOR THE GOVERNMENT WHICH COUNTED HIM AMONGST ITS BRAVEST AND BEST. THIS MONUMENT WAS ERECTED TO HIS MEMORY BY HIS FRIENDS AND ADMIRERS IN INDIA

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