Captain Sir Peter Parker


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Reference WMO/268596

Address:

St Margaret's Church

St Margaret's Street

Westminster

London

SW1P 3JX

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Conflicts:
  • North America (1812-1815)
About the memorial: Wall tablet. above the inscription a sarcophagus on paw feet with a relief showing the dying Parker supported by two seamen. marines firing at the enemy to the right, stern of ship to left. naval trophies above( sword, anchor), with a Greek helmet on top of a pile of cannon balls. Mars holding a profile portrait of parker to the the right.
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IN THE PIOUS HOPE OF A GLORIOUS RESURRECTION, PURSUED THROUGH VIRTUE, FAITH AND VALOUR/ HERE LIE INTERRED THE MORTAL REMAINS OF/ SIR PETER PARKER, BARONET, AGED XXVIII YEARS;/ CAPTAIN OF HIS MAJESTY'S FRIGATE MENELAUS,/ AN ACCOMPLISHED OFFICER, AND SEAMAN, WHO AFTER LANDING WITH A PART OF HIS CREW, ON THE COAST OF AMERICA,/ DEFEATED AN ENEMY SUPPORTED BY CAVALRY AND ARTILLERY, THREE TIMES THE NUMBER OF HIS OWN FORCES;/ AND IN THE MOMENT OF VICTORY, RECEIVED A MORTAL WOUND, UNDER WHICH HE CONTINUED TO CHEER HIS MEN TO FOLLOW UP THEIR TRIUMPH, UNTIL SINKING UNDER ITS FATAL RESULT, HE FELL INTO THE ARMS OF THE COMPANIONS OF HIS GLORY,/ AND BRAVELY SURRENDERED ON THE FIELD OF BATTLE, HIS OWN GALLANT SPIRIT TO THE MERCY OF HEAVEN/ HE WAS THE LINEAL DESCENDANT OF THREE DISTINGUISHED BRITISH ADMIRALS; OF WHOSE VIRTUES AND VALOUR, HE WAS/ LIKE THE INHERITOR. HIS GREAT GRANDFATHER WAS THE ADMIRAL CHRISTOPHER PARKER BART OF BASSINGBOURN HALL ESSEX/ ADMIRAL OF THE FLEET; AND HIS MATERNAL UNCLE WAS THE HONOURABLE ADMIRAL BYRON./ AFTER FIFTEEN YEARS OF ACTIVE AND INTREPID TOIL IN THE SERVICE OF HIS COUNTRY EMULATING THE HEROISM OF/ HIS ANCESTRY, HE THUS GLORIOUSLY CLOSED HIS EARTHLY CAREER AUG 3D 1814/ THE OFFICERS AND CREW OF HIS MAJESTY'S SHIP MENELAUS, ON THEIR RETURN HOME, IN TESTIMONY OF THEIR DEEP/ AFFLICTION AT THE FALL OF THEIR BELOVED COMMANDER, AND OF THEIR AFFECTION FOR HIS MEMORY, HAVE ERECTED/ THIS MONUMENT, AS WELL TO COMMEMORATE THEIR GRIEF, AND REVERENCE FOR THOSE VIRTUES WHICH SO JUSTLY, ENDEARED HIM TO HIS SHIP'S COMPANY, AS TO ATTEST TO FUTURE TIMES, THEIR ADMIRATION OF THAT/ HEROIC VALOUR WHICH DISTINGUISHED HIM IN LIFE AND ENOBLED HIM IN DEATH./ STAT SUA CUIQUE DIES; BREVE ET IRREPARIBLE TEMPUS/ OMNIBUS EST VITAE; SED FAMAM EXTENDERE FACTIS/ HOC VIRTUTIS OPUS./ - VIRG

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