Westminster Abbey Monument to Sir Captain Peter Parker of HMS Menelaus

 

The following inscription is to be found on the monument to Sir Peter Parker at Westminster Abbey. His remains are interred at St. Margaret’s Church, Westminister, London.

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In the pious hope of a glorious resurrection,

Pursued thro’ virtue, faith and valor,

HERE LIES INTERRED THE MORTAL REMAINS OF
SIR PETER PARKER, BARONET

Aged 28 years,

Captain of his Majesty’s ship Menelaus.

An accomplished officer & seaman.

Who after landing with part of his crew,

on the coast of America.

Defeated an enemy, supported by cavalry

and artillery, THREE TIMES the

number of his own force,

And, in the moment of victory, received a

mortal wound,

Under which he continued to cheer his

Men to follow up their triumph,

Until, sinking under its fatal result,

He fell into the arms of the companions of

His glory, and surrendered, on

The field of battle.

His own gallant spirit to the mercy of

Heaven,

He closed his career August 30, 1814.

THE OFFICERS AND CREW.

ON THEIR RETURN,

ERECT THIS MONUMENT,

As a testimony of their grief for his loss, and respect for his character

And merits.

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