Captain Robert Finnis RN

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Reference WMO/275787


St Leonard's Church

Oak Walk


CT21 5DN


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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
  • North America (1812-1815)
About the memorial: Wall tablet in St Leonard’s Church, Hythe, Kent commemorating Captain Robert Finnis RN d. 1813 Mottled grey pyramid in relief supported on three balls on a plinth. A foul anchor carved on the plinth. A black back plate with the arms of Finnis below the plinth.
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'To the memory of / Captain ROBERT FINNIS / A Native of this Town and Port / who was killed in /the service of his Country / on board his Majesty's Sloop of War / Queen Charlotte / which he commanded / on Lake Erie, upper CANADA / in an engagement / with an American Squadron / of very superior force / under Commodore PERRY / the 10th day of September 1813 / aged 29 years./ When a Midshipamn of the Beaulieu frigate / he commanded one of the Boats / employed in cutting out the / French corvette La Chevrette / from Cameret Bay / on the night of the 21st of July 1801 / and was made Lieutenant / for his gallant conduct on that occasion. / After Sixteen years / actively employed in the Royal Navy / he thus fell in the prime of life / regretted and lamented / an irreparable loss / to his afflicted Family and Friends'

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