Captain George Anson Byron


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Reference WMO/282441

Address:

St Gregory the Great Church

Church Street

Dawlish

EX7 9QT

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 Stone (any)
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • Colonial India
About the memorial: White stone tablet with a column on either side and a cornice above. This is mounted on to a black stone backboard. There are no dates, and the family name George Anson Byron was repeated through through the generations. This one died as a result of injuries sustained in one of the three Mahratta Wars between 1775 and 1818 - the tablet does not say which. The most likely estimate is that he was the father of Admiral George Anson Byron, the 7th baron, as the tablet inscription concludes with the words "erected by his Son/ Captain Lord Byron. R. N.", who was born in 1789, became a captain in 1814 and a rear admiral in 1849.
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Sacred to the Memory of/ GEORGE ANSON BYRON, ESQR/ Captain in his Majesty's Navy./ An Officer distinguished for his zeal & gallantry/ on all occasions,/ but more particularly in India during the Mahratta War/ when his active cooperation with the Army, called forth/ the praises & thanks of Lord Cornwallis, and would/ doubtless have insured him high professional Honours./ A sever injury however which he sustained on this/ particular service/ prematurely closed his career and after a lingering/ illness brought him to the grave at the age of 35./ This tribute of duty & affection is erected by his Son/ Captain Lord Byron. R. N.

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