Captain Philip de Sausmarez

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Reference WMO/270146


Westminster Abbey

Deans Yard





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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Other sculpture
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Other
  • Austrian Succession (1740-1748)
About the memorial: Large marble monument in the north choir aisle, including an oval portrait medallion of the Captain. Draped oval portrait unveiled by a cherub, another is weeping. Relief of naval action below. The relief shows 'Nottingham', 'Yarmouth' and 'Eagle' in pursuit of 'Intrepide' and 'Tonnant'.
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Sacred to the memory of PHILIP DE SAUSMAREZ Esqr. one of the few whose lives ought rather to be measured by their actions than their days. From sixteen to thirty seven years of age he serv'd in the navy, and was often surrounded with dangers and difficulties unparallel'd, always approving himself an able, active, and gallant officer. He went out a Lieut. on board his Majesties ship ye CENTURION under the auspicious conduct of Commodore Anson in his expedition to the south seas. He was commanding officer of the said ship when she was driven from her moorings at the Isle of Tinian. In 1746, being Capt. of the NOTTINGHAM a 60 gun ship, he (then alone) attack'd and took the Mars, a French ship of 64 guns. In the first engagement of the following year, when Admiral Anson defeated and took a squadron of French men of war and India men, he had an honourable share; and in the second, under Admiral Hawke, when the enemy after a long and obstinate resistance, was again routed, in pursuing two ships that were making their escape, he gloriously but unfortunately fell. He was the son of MATTHEW de SAUSMAREZ, of the Island of GUERNSEY, Esqr. by ANN DURELL of the Island of JERSEY his wife. He was born Nov. 17th 1710, kill'd October 14th 1747, buried in the old Church at PLYMOUTH with all the honours due to his distinguish'd merits and this monument is erected out of gratitude and affection by his brothers and sisters.

Philip de Sausmarez

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