Captain Walter Serocold RN (Siege of Calvi 1794)

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Reference WMO/275767


St Andrew's Church

Coldhams Lane

Cherry Hinton




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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Painted
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Wall mounted black backboard comprising three horizontal stone slabs collectively shaped to form five sides plus an upside down nowy-like, convex-curved base. Attached to this backboard is a moulded-framed, trapezium-shaped, incised white marble tablet. Above the tablet are three-dimensional stone carvings of, an anchor, canon and an unidentified object, all draped by, what appears to be a flag or other similar artifact. Below the tablet is a carved Coat of Arms pertaining to the Sercold Family. NAVAL TROPHIES. ARMS OF THE SEROCOLD FAMILY AT BASE.
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'To the memory /of Walter Serocold, Esq: / only son of the late Rev Walter Serocold: / Captain in his Majesty's Navy, / slain at the siege of Calvi in Corsica July VIII M.DCCXCIV/ Aged XXXVII / His three surviving sisters erected this monument /as a token of affection for the best of brothers: / The public loss may be estimated from the following / extract of Admiral Lord Hood's official letter. / "But I have to lament, and which I do most sincerely, / the loss of a very able and valuable officer, / Captain Serocold / who was killed by a grape-shot / whilst getting the last gun in its place / soon after the enemy had discover'd our battery. / The king has not a more meritorious young captain / in his Majesty's navy: / He commanded the floating battery , /which was burnt by red hot shot before Bastia: /and afterwards served with infinite reputation / at the batteries onshore. / Independant of my regard and esteem for him. / I feel his loss a public one"'

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