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 Phoebe Hessel

Phoebe Hessel

Birth
England
Death 12 Dec 1821 (aged 107–108)
Brighton, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England
Burial Brighton, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England
Memorial ID 8560 · View Source
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Famous British female soldier of the 18th century. At the age of fifteen, she fell in love with a soldier named Samuel Golding. When he went away with the army, Phoebe dressed herself as a man and joined the army to be with him. Phoebe was a soldier in the Caribbean and Europe. After many years she was badly injured in her arm at the battle of Fontenoy in Belgium in 1745. Later that year she left the army. She went to live in Plymouth where she married Samuel Golding and had nine children. After Samuel died she went to live in Brighton where she married a fisherman, Thomas Hessel.

Bio by: Bunny Boiler


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In Memory of Phoebe Hessel who was born in Stepney in the year 1713.She served for many years as a private Soldier in the 5th Regt. of foot in different parts of Europe and in the Year 1745 fought under the command of the Duke of Cumberland at the battle of Fontenoy where she received a bayonet wound in the arm. Her long life which commenced in the time of queen Anne extended to the reign of George IV in whose munification she received comfort and support in her later years. She died in Brighton where she had long resided December 12th 1821 aged 108 years.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 27 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 8560
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Phoebe Hessel (1713–12 Dec 1821), Find A Grave Memorial no. 8560, citing St Nicholas Churchyard, Brighton, Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority, East Sussex, England ; Maintained by Find A Grave .