Captain Philemon Pownoll

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Reference WMO/275987

Address:

St David's Church

Ashprington, Devon

TQ9 7UP

England

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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • American Revolution (1776-1783)
About the memorial: Black marble inscriptions with relief carving in white marble of a mourning female in classical dress, with wreath and urn. Killed in action with the American privateer 'Stanislaus’. The IWM Register spells it wrongly twice - Pownell in the title and Pownall in the inscription.
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'In Remembrance of JANE POWNOLL, who died on / the 16th October 1778 Aged 33 years / And / of Captain PHILEMON POWNOLL, who was slain / in fight on 15th June 1780 Aged 45 Years. / This Monument was erected by the Executors at / the desire of their only issue JANE’ // 'Reader / If thy Breath / Has learnt to lament / Departed Merit / Refuse not the Tribute of a Tear / To the Memory / of Captain Pownoll, a Man / Brave without Rashness, / Liberal without Ostentation, / Honest, Open and Sincere. / Preferring the Toils and Perils of the Ocean / When the Voice of his Country / Called for his Services / To / A Life of Ease and Tranquillity / Which / His Affluence would have afforded / He fell / A Victim in her Cause'

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