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Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital Old Burial Ground Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital Old Burial Ground

Monument: Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital Old Burial Ground

Erection date: 1892

Inscription

{On the north face:}
In memory of the gallant officers and men of the Royal Navy and Marines to the number of about twenty thousand, formerly inmates of the Royal Hospital Greenwich, whose remains were interred in this cemetery between the years 1749 and 1869. 

{and low down:}
Erected by order of the Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty 1892.

{The other three sides carry a list of names, in date of death sequence.  See Subjects commemorated for the names.}

{Above the text or the list each side also carries: the name of a key virtue and the name of a key battle, listed here clockwise starting with the north face:}
Valour
Honour
Loyalty {inside a laurel wreath}
Duty

Trafalgar
St Vincent
Camperdown
Nile

{The anchor is on the north face.  The south has a sculpture of a shrouded gun.}

The names on the monument are of men whose claim to immortality is their role in running the Hospital rather than any heroic deed. Most were 'Governor' of the Hospital, a post that dates back to 1708, though the first one listed here, Hood, was appointed in 1796. And it seems to have been standard for the Governor to stay in the post until death.

In 1875, after the Hospital had closed, the digging of a tunnel for the London and Greenwich Railway meant that the remains had to be disinterred. They were removed to East Greenwich Pleasaunce which in 1926 was made a public park.

Site: Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital Old Burial Ground (1 memorial)

SE10, Romney Road, Devonport House burial ground

This green space was used, 1742 - 1857, as the main cemetery for Greenwich Hospital.

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This section lists the subjects commemorated on the memorial on this page:
Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital Old Burial Ground

Information Subjects commemorated

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Battle of St Vincent

A British fleet, lead by John Jervis, defeated a Spanish fleet almost twice i...

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47635

Battle of Trafalgar

A sea battle that took place off Cape Trafalgar on the south west coast of Sp...

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55871

Sailors buried in the Devonport House burial ground

"Gallant officers and men of the Royal Navy and Marines to the number of abou...

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Admiral, Sir Charles Adam, KCB

Naval officer.  Governor of Greenwich Hospital, July 1847 until his death.  D...

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50534

Captain John Bouchier

Naval officer.  On 15 February 1783 he was court-martialled, along with his o...

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Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital Old Burial Ground

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