Lt Charles John Brickdale RN

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Reference WMO/262223


All Saints Church

Almshouses Road

Newland, Gloucestershire


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Stained glass window
  • Glass Stained Glass
Lettering: Inscribed on a plaque
  • 19th Century Wars
About the memorial: Lt Brickdale was killed in 1845 at the Battle of Vuelta di Obligado on the Parana River (a tributary of the River Plate delta) in South America, during an Anglo-French campaign to defend freedom of navigation on the river and the independence of Uruguay against Argentinian aggression. The British lost 28 dead in the battle against some hundreds of Argentinians but their ships were badly damaged and it proved unsustainable in the long run to maintain sufficient pressure, especially as the action encouraged other South American states to rally to the support of Argentina. They could win battles but not the war. The campaign had mixed success with the final settlement confirming Argentinian control of the river in exchange for them withdrawing their troops from Uruguay. Somewhat ironically, the campaign was brought to a negotiated end by a new British government in which the supposedly bellicose Lord Palmerston was Foreign Secretary.
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This window was placed as a memorial to Charles John Brickdale, second son of John Fortescue Brickdale and Catherine, his wife, of Bircham in this parish. Lieutenant in the Royal Navy, which rank he obtained in the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth, in 1842. He was born in Urcott House in the parish of Bishop's Hull, Somerset, 30th July 1819 and was killed in the action off Port Obligado in the River Parana in South America 20th November 1845. As his life was exemplary so was his death glorious. His body lies buried on the shore of the Parana. His spirit returned to the God who gave it.

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