Memorial to Lt. KIDD, R.N.

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Reference WMO/265302

Address:

St. Patrick's Cathedral

43 Abbey Street

Armagh

Armagh

BT61

Northern Ireland

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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 Marble
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Crimean War (1853-1856)
About the memorial: This is a memorial stone attached to the interior wall of St. Patrick's Anglican Cathedral. It commemorates Lt. Thomas Osborne KIDD R.N. who was shot by a rifle ball whilst serving in the Naval Brigade on 18/06/1855 at the Battle of Sebastopol during the fight for the Redan. With a relief showing a dead and wounded seaman, Kidd on his knees to the right, left hand on his side, right hand raised in 'stop' gesture. Kidd was shot during the siege of Sebastopol while trying to recover some wounded men.
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SEBASTAPOL / Sacred to the memory of / THOMAS OSBORNE KIDD R.N. / Lieut. of H. M. Ship Albion / (son of Joseph Kidd Esqre. and Mary Anna his wife,) / who fell pierced by a rifle ball whilst serving in the Naval Brigade, before Sebastopol, / in the attack on the 18th June 1855, / aged 24 years. / The circumstances of his death are thus detailed in the official dispatch / from Captain Sir Stephen Lushington R.N. to Rear Admiral Sir Edmund Lyons G.C.B. / “It is with extreme regret I have to report the death of Lieut. Kidd who fell on the 18th inst. / After bringing the remains of his party safely into the trenches, / he again returned to the open to recover some wounded men, and in this gallant act of devotion to his duty, / he was shot through the body by a rifle ball, and died shortly after reaching the camp. / Lieut. Kidd was an honour to the brigade, / and Her Majesty’s service has lost one of its most promising young officers”. This monument is erected by the inhabitants of Armagh, to record their grief for his early death, / and their admiration of the last act of his brief but distinguished career.

Thomas Osborne KIDD.

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