Capt Augustus James De Crespigny

Death 24 Oct 1825 (aged 34)
Burial Port Royal, Saint Andrew, Jamaica
Memorial ID 21021176 · View Source
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Commander of the HMS Scylla. He was renowned for his bravery in rescuing fellow sailors from drowning. He served under Nelson and Collingwood.


Sacred to the memory of Augustus James DE CRESPIGNY, 3d son of Sir W. Chn & Lady Sarah De Crespigny, who died on board H.M.Ship 'Scylla', Oct. 24, 1825. Capt De Crespigny went first to sea under the patronage of Ld. St Vincent & served under the flag of Nelson, at Trafalgar. From thence he was taken under the patronage of Ld. Collingwood, who made him study the duties of a seaman, under his particular care. The above gallant officer saved no less than sixteen lives of his fellow creatures during his naval career for which he was presented with a service of Plate from his Ship's crew, as well as a medal from the R.H.S. in the annual report of which society an account is given, the last paragraph is as follows: These are to certify to the principal officers of the Royal Humane Society that Lieutenant Augustus C. De Crespigny served with me as a volunteer midshipman from His Majesty's Ship 'Tonnant' in the gunboat service in Cadiz in 1810, during which time I had opportunities of seeing his noble conduct on three very particular occasions. First, in jumping from a boat in a very strong tide way and saving a Marine, Second, a boy in the same way, and thirdly, in taking to a small boat & pulling into the very muzzles of the enemy's guns, and evidently saving five men that were near drowning, by the 'Achilles' barge being sunk: his conduct on the last occasion was so truly noble that he not only gained the admiration of the whole flotilla but the envy of the French Commanding Officer, who at last ordered his men to cease firing on him. Given under my hand, this 12th Day of July 1815, West Cowes. This tribute to a father's memory was erected by his eldest son, Sir Claude Chn. De Crespigny, BT 1841.



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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt Augustus James De Crespigny (6 Mar 1791–24 Oct 1825), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21021176, citing Saint Peter’s Anglican Church Cemetery, Port Royal, Saint Andrew, Jamaica ; Maintained by julia&keld (contributor 46812479) .