Captain Edward Cooke

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Westminster Abbey

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Status: On original site
Type: Freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Figure sculpture
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
  • Revolutionary/Napoleonic (1792-1815)
About the memorial: Memorial in Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London commemorating Captain Edward Cooke, HEIC, RN d.1799. Relief on base of the action in the Bay of Bengal between Sybille and La-Forte 1 March 1799, flanked by an Indian elephant and Bengal tiger. Above in high relief a seaman supports the wounded Cooke who clasps the ensign staff with his left hand and points with his right to Victory above who is offering him a wreath. To one side an anchor, gun and coil of rope, the ship's mast behind. Buried in India. Monument erected by the East India Co. Died of wounds in action between HMS 'Sybille' and the French Frigate 'La-Forte' 1 March 1799
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'Erected by the Honourable EAST INDIA COMPANY as a grateful Testimony to the Valour and eminant services of CAPTAIN EDWARD COOKE Commander of His Majesty's ship SYBILLE; who, on the 1st March 1799, after a long and well-contested Engagement captured LA-FORTE, a French Frigate of very superior Force, in the Bay of BENGAL: An Event not more splendid in its Achievement, than important in its Results to British Trade in INDIA. He died in Consequence of the severe wounds he received in the memorable Action on the 23d of May 1799; aged 27'

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