Peter Downes

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Reference WMO/260946


St. Christopher's Church

Shrigley Road

Pott Shrigley


SK10 5RT


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Inscribed marble tablet on the south wall of the chancel.
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“Though a host should encamp against me, my heart shall not fear”. Peter Downes, Son of Peter Downes, Esquire, & Elizabeth Anne his wife; was born at Butley in this county, on the 9th of September, 1778; and died near the Island of Candia, in the Mediterranean Sea, on the 19th August, 1798, in the 20th year of his age. From the impulse of his own Mind propelling Him irresistibly to the Persuit of Glory, He entered the Naval Service of his Country, in the Beginning of the year 1793, and in the 14th Year of his Age. Providence had bestowed on Him a quick & happy Genius, a manly and enterprising Spirit, and at the same Time a mild & amiable Heart: By such Qualifications He acquired, from his first Outset, the esteem of all his Comrades, & the particular Friendship of all his Superiors. With the highest Credit to Himself, He shared for four Years in a Variety of active & honourable Services, on Board several Vessels, and on different Seas; under the care of a brave and excellent Officer, Sir Charles Hamilton, Bart. His worthy Commander, & his anxious Parton. In the Beginning of 1797, He sailed with Captain Thompson, in the Leander of 50 Guns. In the memorable Descent at Teneriffe , the same year, He volunteered among the foremost with his Captain. On the glorious 1st and 2nd of August, 1798, when the Leander bore so conspicuous & useful a Part in the Victory of the Nile, his Ardour and Exertions were greatly noticed: and on the 18th of the same Month He fought most intrepidly, & fell most heroically in an Action, that will never be forgotten in the Annals of our Naval History; in Reward of which, His Majesty was graciously pleased to confer the Honour of Knighthood on Capt. now Sir Thomas Boulden Thompson, Knight; and concerning which a British Court-Martial delivered their Opinion. That the gallant & almost unprecedented Defence of Captain Thompson, of the Leander, against so superior a Force as that of the Genereux, is deserving of every Praise the his Country & this Court can give; & that his Conduct, with that of the Officers and Men under his Command, reflects not only the highest Honour on Himself & them, but to their Country at large. Having performed his very utmost Duty, (“most fully indeed!” as his Captain was pleased to express) in this bloody and desperate Conflict, through several hours close fighting, he at last received a Mortal wound! and the following day, after much severe Suffering, which He bore with the Resignation of a Christian, confiding in the Promises of his Redeemer; He quitted a Life, early and cheerfully devoted to his Country, in the Hopes of a blessed Resurrection. “Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee a crown of life.”

Downes, P.

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