John Motherby

John Motherby

Birth
Death 19 Oct 1813 (aged 29)
Burial Leipzig, Stadtkreis Leipzig, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany
Memorial ID 10642929 · View Source
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Military. He was born in Königsberg (Kaliningrad). His father Robert had immigrated there from Scotland and had founded the trading Company "Green, Motherby & Co." and was a close friend of Immanuel Kant. His mother was from a french Huguenot family. As a young man John travelled to Paris and Genoa. When he returned home he worked as an advocate. In May 1813 he volunteered for military service, which surprised his family. He successfully fought under Friccus against french troops at the Battles of Großbeeren (August 23) and Dennewitz (September 6). He was killed around 11 a.m. during the attack of the "Grimmaischen Tor", one of Leipzigs city gates. Friccus described his death later like followed: He drew his saber and called "Comrades, follow me!". When he climbed out of the trench he was hit by a bullet in the head and died in the arms of his friend.
His grave was located at Section II. When the Grassi Museum was built, the stone was moved to stand beside the Friccus monument, during the reconstruction of the museum the stone was moved into the cemetery. His grave would be located under the west side of the Museum complex.


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  • Created by: Lutetia
  • Added: 19 Mar 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10642929
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Motherby (16 Sep 1784–19 Oct 1813), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10642929, citing Alter Johannisfriedhof, Leipzig, Stadtkreis Leipzig, Saxony (Sachsen), Germany ; Maintained by Lutetia (contributor 46580078) .