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Two Military related Inscriptions in Church Yards in the west of Ireland.


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While reserching information for the book I am working on, I came across these inscriptions located in Churches at Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Ireland.

The first is with a life size statue outside the Protestant Church in Castlebar.

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To the Memory of

Major General George O?Malley C.B.

Who expired in London

On the 16th of May 1843

And whose mortal remains are deposited

In the family burying place at Murrisk Abbey.

This statue

Was erected by numerous circle of his

Naval, Military and Civil friends

Amongst whom are the members of

the Ancient and most Benevolent Order of the Friendly Brothers of Saint Patrick

as a small tribute of their esteem and affection

He served his country in Egypt, North America

The West Indies, The Mediterranean &

He commanded the 2 battalions of the 44th Regt at

Waterloo

Where he was twice wounded

And subsequently for many years commanded

the 88th Regt of Connaught Rangers.

He was a good and pious Christian

A zealous and excellent soldier,

And a sincere and firm friend.

Question 1: does any of the Gentlemen know what his awards, decorations, and medals would have been??

Question 2: Are there any pictures or drawings of the gentleman in question.

SECOND INSCRIPTION:

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In Memory of

Lieut Colonel John Browne

Of Breaffy in this county

4th King?s own regiment

Then the 92nd Highlanders and 98th Foot

He served his King and country

In the expedition to Sweden

The retreat on Corumna, the lines of Torres Vedras

Redinha, Fuentes D?Onor,

Ciudad-Rodriga, and the siege of Badajos,

Where he was severely wounded;

The Battles of Quatre Bras and Waterloo

There he received three wounds from which he lay

48 hours dead on the field of victory.

He died in Braeffy

20th Novr 1849

In Memory also of

Frederick Augustus Browne

2nd West India Reg.

Son of the above

Who died at Nassau 10th July 1862

Aged 26 years.

This tablet is erected by the widow and children of

Lieut. Col. John Browne.

Question 1: what was the expedition to Sweden?? a military one??

Question 2: does any of the Gentlemen know what his awards, decorations, and medals would have been??

Question 3: Are there any pictures or drawings of the gentleman in question. ??

Both seem to have had a very active military life. Any information would be appreciated :beer:

Kev in Deva.

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Per "The Biographical Dictionary of British Officers Killed and Wounded,1808-1814" in the Peninsular campaigns,

BROWNE was born in 1789. In army at age 15 as Ensign in 4th Foot, 21 October 1804

Lieutenant 4th Foot 28.2.05

Captain on 1/2 pay 4th Foot August 1815

"Reduction of 2nd Battn." Captain 92nd Foot 12.11.18

Brevet Major 92nd Foot 21/1/19

Major, 1/2 pay, unattached 19.11.30

Battles and campaigns=

Torres Vedras, 1810, Redinha etc. Fuentes de Honor, siege of Badajoz 1811, capture of Ciudad Rodrigo 1814, Quatre Bas and Waterloo 1815.

Wounded at Badajoz: received 1 year's pay and permanent pension of ?70 a year; wounded at Waterloo: received 1 year's pay and permanent pension of ?100 a year.

"Titles, honourary distinctions and medals: 'a Waterloo medal.' "

Service abroad =

May 1808 to November 1812-- Sweden, Portugal, and Spain;

June to September 1815-- Netherlands

4 June 1819 to April 1820-- Jamaica

25.4.22-21.5.27-- Jamaica

Married Frances Jane Hawthorn on 2 October 1823 at Inverness Island, Jamaica. 4 children when this data was collected from him in 1830

(PRO: WO 25/803 f80)

As "Brown" listed as severely wounded at Badajoz in the London Gazette, pension to begin 7 April 1813.

Waterloo wound pension commenced 19 June 1816.

Died 21 November 1849.

Citing "Dalton, p.121"--

"At Waterloo, at the head of his company, Capt. Browne received a fearful wound from a bullet just over the ear, and fell senseless. He was left on the field for dead and was reported killed. His family in Ireland went into mourning for him. However, he recovered by trepanning."

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Per "The Biographical Dictionary of British Officers Killed and Wounded,1808-1814" in the Peninsular campaigns,

:beer: Many thanks Rick :beer:

For the information supplied, do you have any ideas what the Swedish mission was about ??

Kev in Dev. :cheers:

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Probably Nelson's expedition to Scandinavia in 1801-where he obliterated the Danish fleet. The League of Armed Neutrality comprised of Sweden, Denmark and Russia and was considered hostile to the UK at that time.

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Well, his record of "foreign service" starts with Sweden: in May 1808.

Not a clue, me... not my century... or country for collecting, either! Random reference book (I just can't pass them up... especially when remaindered for a couple of dollars)

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