THE TRAFALGAR CAPTAINS' MEMORIAL - The 1805 Club's Trafalgar bicentenary project

 

This conservation project was a new departure for The 1805 Club in that never before had so many graves and monuments been tackled at once.  In November 2002 the Club established a Project Group which aimed to research and record the graves and monuments of all the Admirals and commanding officers in Nelson's fleet at Trafalgar, publish the results, and where necessary, conserve the memorials.  It was recognised that no other conservation work could be undertaken while this project was proceeding. 

Members of the Club were enlisted to help find and record the graves. Photographs of each location were then taken by Matthew Prince and Chatham Publishing agreed to publish The Trafalgar Captains: Their Lives and Memorials (ISBN 86176 247X) in August 2005. The book, which contains brief biographies of each captain was written exclusively by members of the Club and was edited by the late Dr Colin White. Professional surveys of the monuments revealed that only seven of the 37 graves required conservation work, as indicated by asterix below.

THE CAPTAINS AND LOCATION OF THEIR GRAVES AND MEMORIALS

Capt Henry William Bayntun - Weston (Bath) *
Capt Edward Berry - Walcot (Bath) *
Capt Henry Blackwood - Killyleagh (N Ireland) and Westminster Abbey
Capt Charles Bullen - South Stoneham (Hants) * and Shirley (Southampton)
Capt Thomas Bladen Capel - Kensal Green Cemetery (London) *
Capt Edward Codrington - Eaton Sq (London), Brookwood , Dodington (Glos), St Paul's Cathedral & Pylos (Greece)
Vice Admiral Cuthbert Collingwood - St Paul's Cathedral, Newcastle-upon-Tyne Cathedral and Tynemouth
Capt John Conn - no grave or monument
Capt John Cooke - St Paul's Cathedral and Donhead St Andrew (Wilts)
Lt William Pryce Cumby - Pembroke Dock and Heighington (Co Durham)
Capt Henry Digby - Minterne Magna (Dorset)
Capt George Duff - St Paul's Cathedral
Capt Thomas Dundas - Hurst, nr Reading *
Capt Philip Charles Durham - Upper Largo (Fife)
Capt Thomas Francis Fremantle - Naples and Malta
Capt Richard Grindall - Wickham (Hants) *
Capt Thomas Masterman Hardy - Greenwich and Portesham (Dorset)
Capt William Hargood - Bath
Capt Eliab Harvey - Hempstead (Essex)
Lt William Hennah - Tregony (Cornwall)
Capt George Johnstone Hope - Westminster Abbey
Capt Richard King - Eastchurch (Kent)
Capt Francis Laforey - Brighton
Lt John Richards Lapenotiere - Menheniot (Cornwall) *
Capt Charles Mansfield - Rochester (Kent)
Capt Robert Moorsom - Cosgrove (Northants)
Capt James Nicoll Morris - Marlow (Bucks)
Rear Admiral William Carnegie, Earl of Northesk - St Paul's Cathedral
Capt Israel Pellew - Plymouth
Capt John Pilfold - East Stonehouse (Plymouth)
Capt William Prowse - St Pancras (London)
Capt Robert Redmill - Stevenage (Herts)
Capt Edward Rotheram - Bildeston (Suffolk)
Capt William Gordon Rutherfurd - St Margaret's Westminster
Lt John Stockham - Exeter
Capt Charles Tyler - St Nicholas (Glamorgan)
Lt Robert Benjamin Young - Exeter

ROLL OF THANKS

The Chairman and Council of The 1805 Club would like to express warm thanks and appreciation to all those involved in the project. The Project Group was fortunate in that many people quickly agreed to help, especially following an appeal to Club members in June 2003. Their names are recorded in The Trafalgar Captains: their Lives and Memorials, but in addition the following people merit special mention: The late Dr Colin White, who conceived the idea; John Curtis who acted as archivist and secretary to the group throughout; Graham Simpson, who acted as the Club's surveyor; John Kerr, the architect instructed by the Club to specify and supervise the conservation work; Matthew Prince, for a remarkable set of photographs of each location; Matthew Beesley and staff of Fairhaven of Anglesey Abbey, who were employed as contractor and the funding bodies who kindly gave grants towards conservation: The Manifold Trust, The Francis Coales Charitable Foundation, The Leche Trust, and The Idlewilde Trust.