Admiral John Byng

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Reference WMO/276080


All Saints Church

School Lane

Southill, Bedfordshire

SG18 9LL


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Status: On original site
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Board/Plaque/ Tablet
  • Unknown Unknown
Lettering: Unknown
  • Seven Years War (1756-1763)
About the memorial: Memorial to Admiral John Byng, d. 1757 at Southill. Admiral Byng executed for neglect of duty 'to encourage the others' Voltaire. Some might deem this not to be a war memorial. But he was the victim of a piece of gross injustice, made the scapegoat for government failure.
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'To the perpetual Disgrace / of PUBLICK JUSTICE / The Honble. JOHN BYNG Esqr / Admiral of the Blue / Fell a MARTYR to / POLITICAL PERSECUTION / March 14th in the year 1757 when / BRAVERY and LOYALTY / were Insufficient Securities / For the / Life and Honour / of a / NAVAL OFFICER'

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