Major John Andre

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Reference WMO/284633

Address:

Westminster Abbey

Dean's Yard

Westminster

London

SW1P 3PA

England

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Status: Lost/missing
Type: Non freestanding
Location: Internal
Setting: Inside a building - public/private
Description: Figure sculpture
Materials:
  • Stone Marble
Lettering: Incised
Conflicts:
  • American Revolution (1776-1783)
About the memorial: White marble sarcophagus mounted on a plinth. The figures of a mourning Britannia and a lion are seated on top of the sarcophagus. Carved on the front of the sarcophagus is a relief showing the scene of Major André's execution (see reference). The upper part of the pedimented plinth has a rectangular panel with the first dedication and the lower part is plain with a second dedication. Major André's grave lies in front of the memorial and is marked by an inscribed diagonal stone. However, this still qualifies as a war memorial rather than a grave as it was erected i 1782 and thus preceded the interment of the body, which took place in 1821. In the triforium area of the nave.
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Upper plinth: SACRED TO THE MEMORY/OF/MAJOR JOHN ANDRÉ,/WHO RAISED BY HIS MERIT AT AN EARLY PERIOD OF LIFE TO THE RANK OF ADJUTANT GENERAL/OF THE BRITISH FORCES IN AMERICA,/AND EMPLOYED IN AN IMPORTANT BUT HAZARDOUS ENTERPRISE/FELL A SACRIFICE TO HIS ZEAL FOR HIS KING AND COUNTRY/ON THE 2ND OF OCTOBER AD 1780/AGED 29,/UNIVERSALLY BELOVED AND ESTEEMED BY THE ARMY IN WHICH HE SERVED/AND LAMENTED EVEN BY HIS/FOES./HIS GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN KING GEORGE THE THIRD/HAS CAUSED THIS MONUMENT/TO BE ERECTED. Lower plinth: THE REMAINS OF MAJOR JOHN ANDRÉ/WERE ON TH HE 10TH OF AUGUST, REMOVED FROM TAPPAN,/BY JAMES BUCHANAN ESQR/HIS MAJESTY'S CONSUL AT NEW YORK,/UNDER INSTRUCTIONS FROM HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS/THE DUKE OF YORK,/AND, WITH THE PERMISSION OF THE DEAN AND CHAPTER,/FINALLY DEPOSITED IN A GRAVE/CONTIGUOUS TO THIS MONUMENT,/ON THE 28TH OF NOVEMBER 1821. Grave Marker: MAJOR ANDRÉ

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