Lieut Hugh Foulkes

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Lieut Hugh Foulkes

Birth
Death 2 Feb 1799 (aged 25–26)
Burial Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England
Plot Fourth "diamond" from the West door (although it appears as the first diamond in the illustration)
Memorial ID 9611647 · View Source
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British Army officer. The inscription reads: "Hugh Foulkes, Esq., Lieutenant in the Royal Cheshire Militia, died Febr. 2nd. 1799, aged 26 years." Lieutenant Foulkes is of interest because he is the subject of the song "Cathedral", which appears on Crosby, Stills and Nash's "CSN" album of 1977. Graham Nash, who was born in Lancashire but who has lived in America since the late sixties, was on a visit to the land of his birth, driving from London to Stonehenge, when he paused at Winchester Cathedral, and found that he was "Standing on the grave of a soldier who died in 1799 / And the day he died was a birthday / And I noticed it was mine / And my head didn't know just who I was and I was spinning back in time." Later, Mr. Nash explained in an interview: "I was once walking down the central aisle of Winchester Cathedral and felt a presence at my feet. I happened to be standing on the grave of Hugh Foulkes, a soldier who died in 1799 on the same day that I was born. I find that most wars are fought in the name of God. You know, my God's better than your God and I'll kill you to prove it. Not a very religious way of thinking."


  • Created by: Iain MacFarlaine
  • Added: 17 Oct 2004
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  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Hugh Foulkes (1773–2 Feb 1799), Find A Grave Memorial no. 9611647, citing Winchester Cathedral, Winchester, City of Winchester, Hampshire, England ; Maintained by Iain MacFarlaine (contributor 46514200) .