G rantham - William Cust

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Reference WMO/268000


St Wulframs Church

Church St


NG31 6RR


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Attached to a building/structure
Description: Stone of remembrance
  • 18th Century Wars
About the memorial: Location - floor mounted against southern wall of church, Dimensions - base measured at 2.45m, height approx 5m. Description - an incredibly complicated structure basically composed of a white and a grey stone. The bottom level is of white stone, upon which is another level of a dark stone while above this another level of light stone which is now more grey than white. Above this is a deeper level of what was possibly originally white stone, now discoloured?. This level is basically divided into 5 panels, to each outer edge is carved decoration in the form of stylized flowers (?) while in from these are slim plain panels, at the centre panel is depicted a sailing ship in full sail with a border around this panel only. Above this is a layer of dark stone and this has the words (gold lettering) 'Reader thy life how blest forever it be is but a voyage on a dangerous sea. Wouldst thou securely make the port of bliss see this brave youth. Be thy great aim like him to live with general love by virtues laws or die with honour in thy countries cause' upon it. Resting upon this level, and standing on 2 decorative feet, is a wide and decorative casket type arrangement which shows the dedication in black lettering at its centre. Above this is a very complicated mixture of sails, ropes, cannon and other naval items whish spill out over the sides and front of the casket. Above this is the bust of a male person, in white stone. Above the bust are 2 braches which are crossed toward their base, and above this is an ornately edged coat of arms of which the only thing I could of certainty make out was a blue inverted chevron. Starting from the dark stone level with the lettering and extending upward to a point above the coat of arms was an extended triangle of dark stone which was behind and backing all the other features of the memorial.
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To the memory of William Cust Esq a brave and judicious sea officer who after having signalized himself in a series of dangerous and successful enterprises was unfortunately killed by a cannon ball Mar 8 1747. While commander of a small sloop he was remarkably active in destroying the enemy’s privateers and after chasing into Cherborough a French ship of superior force he cut it out from that harbour under a continual fire from the batteries. For this action he was advanced to the command of the Boston Man of War stationed in New England but before he could take possession of that ship was engaged at the request of Admiral Knowles in the expedition against Port Louis on board the Elizabeth which began the attack. He behaved with uncommon presence of mind in the heat of battle where his family and country were at once deprived of a great honour and ornament to both. He was in every relation of private life most amiable, to all that concerned his country truly great and completed his course of life and glory in the 28th year of his age. He was the second son of Sir Richard Cust Baronet by Anne Brownlowe Sister to the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Tyrconnel who places this as a testimony of his great affection for his nephew and concern for so public a loss.

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