The 36 year old George Gordon Byron died in Missolonghi, Greece, on April 19th, 1824. Thirty-seven guns were fired at daylight and decreed a general mourning of twenty-one days. His body was embalmed and lay in state. On the 25th of May his remains, all but his viscera (which are buried in Missolonghi) were sent back to England and buried here, beneath the chancel of St. Mary Magdalene at Huchnall-Torkard. Authorities would not sanction burial in Westminster Abbey, and neither bust nor statue of Lord Byron was erected in the Poets' Corner until some 140 years later.