Hood Memorial

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St Leonard's Church

High Street




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
  • 18th Century Wars
About the memorial: Massive, white stone memorial to three members of the Hood family. Fluted columns flank a Gothic framework which encloses the inscription. Sea creatures decorate the top of the framework and at the base is an image in relief of sailors struggling in a shipwreck. The top of the inscription panel shows the Hood coat of arms. Below the inscription is a poem by Robert Southey dedicated to the three members of the Hood family who were sailors. The memorial was designed by Lucius Gahagan.
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Sacred to the memory of Arthur Hood Esqr. Lieutenant, lost at sea 1795, Alexander Hood Esqr. Captain, killed in action 1798, of the Royal Navy and Sir Samuel Hood, Baronet, nominated Knight Grand Cross of the Bath, Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Sword, Knight of the Order of Snt. Ferdinand and of Merit Vice Admiral of the White, Colonel of the Marinesand late Commander in Chief of His Majesty's Fleet in the East Indies. Died at Madras 1814 and was buried there with public honors. Divided far by death were they, whose names/in honour here united as in birth/this monumental verse records. They drew/among the Western hills their natal breath/ and from those shores beheld the ocean first/whereon, in early youth, with one accord/they chose their way of fortune. To that course/ by Hood and Bridport's bright example drawn/ their kinsman, children of this place, and sons/of one who, in his faithful ministry,/ inculcated within these hallowed walls/the truths in mercy to mankind reveald./worthy were these three brethren each to add/new honour to the already honoured name/but Arthur in the morning of his day/perishd amid the Caribbean Sea/when the pomona, by a hurricane/whirld riven and overwhelmed, with all her crew/into the deep went down. A longer date/to Alexander was assignd; for hope,/for fair ambition, and for fond regret,/alas how short! For duty, for desert,/sufficing, and while time preserves the roll/of Britain's naval feats, for good report/a boy with Cook he rounded the great globe;/a youth, in many a celebrated fight/with Rodney had his part:and having reachd/life's middle stage, engaging ship to ship/when the French Hercules, a gallant foe,/struck to the British Mars his three stripped flag,/he fell, in the moment of his victory./Here his remains in sure and certain hope/are laid, until the hour when earth and sea/shall render up their dead. One brother yet/survived.; with Keppel and with Rodney traind/in battles, with the Lord of the Nile approved/ere in command he worthily upheld/old England's high prerogative. In the East/ the West, the Baltic and the Midland Seas/yea wheresoever hostile fleets have ploughd/the ensanguind deep, his thunders have been heard,/his flag in brave defiance hath been seen,/and bravest enemies at Sir Samuel's name/felt fatal presage in their inmost heart/of unavertable defeat, foredoomd./Thus in the paths of glory he rode on,/victorious alway, adding praise to praise./Till full of honours, not of years, beneath/the venom of the infected clime he sunk/on Coromandel's Coast, completing there/his service, only when his life was spent. To the three brethren Alexander's son (sole scion he in whom their line survived) with English feeling, and the deepest sense of filial duty, consecrates this tomb.

Arthur Hood, Alexander Hood.

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