Admiral Hood Monument
From a tall square plinth holding three inscriptions and a doorway (now blocked up) rises a Tuscan column to a platform and the billowing carved stone sails of 18th century fighting ships.
Born at Butleigh into an old Dorset family, Samuel Hood came from a family that produced several famous naval heroes. The boy who left home at the age of 14 years in 1777 rose through a very distinguished career to become the Vice Admiral of the White and fight at the Battle of the Nile. As captain of the 'Zealous' he led the attack at Aboukir Bay which destroyed most of the French Fleet and brought about one the greatest English naval sea victories. In a battle in September 1805 off Rocheforthe he lost lost his right arm and thus missed taking part in Trafalgar. The following year he was elected a Member of Parliament for Westminster. He died on Christmas Eve 1814 on active service while Commander-in-Chief of the Indian Station. His body was interred beneath the pavement of the Church of St Mary in Fort George, Madras.
On three sides of plinth: NE; IN MEMORY OF/SIR SAMUEL HOOD/BARONET/KNIGHT OF THE MOST HONOURABLE ORDER OF THE BATH/AND NOMINATED GRAND CROSS THEREOF/KNIGHT OF ST FERDINAND AND OF MERIT/KNIGHT GRAND ORDER OF THE SWORD/VICE ADMIRAL OF THE WHITE/AND COMMANDER IN CHIEF OF HIS MAJESTY'S FLEET/IN THE EAST INDIES
NW; AN OFFICE OF THE HIGHEST DISTINCTION/AMONG THE ILLUSTRIOUS MEN/WHO RENDERED THEIR OWN AGE/THE BRIGHTEST PERIOD/IN THE NAVAL HISTORY/OF THEIR COUNTRY
SW; THIS MONUMENT IS DEDICATED/TO THEIR LAYE COMMANDER/BY THE ATTACHMENT AND REVERENCE/OF BRITISH OFFICERS/OF WHOM MANY WERE HIS ADMIRING FOLLOWERS/IN THE AWFUL SCENES OF WAR/IN WHICH WHILE THEY CALL FORTH/THE GRANDEST QUALITY OF HUMAN NATURE/IN HIM LIKEWISE GAVE OCCASION/FOR THE EXERCISE OF ITS MOST AMIABLE VIRTUES/HE DIED AT MADRAS DECEMBER 24th 1814
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