L204 BIGHI NAVAL HOSPITAL CEMETERY 1801-1825

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This grave contains the remains of unknown persons originally interred at the Royal Naval Hospital Cemetery at Bighi during the period 1801-1825"

All at rest in a mass grave in Capuccini Naval Cemetery, Malta Plot L Grave 204

London Evening Standard - Tuesday 28 March 1843

The Funeral of Dr. Martin, late Inspector of the Naval Hospital, at Bighi. On the 9th inst. the mortal remains of this esteemed person, the victim of a horrible and as yet not understood assassination, were, with that solemn pomp and chosen honours, such as were demanded by so mournful an event, accompanied to their last home. The funeral cortege resembled that of one who perished on the field of battle. At 2.30 p.m., the flags were hoisted half mast on board of all her Majesty's ships. At the same time, the body was brought out from the late residence of the deceased attached to the hospital at Bighi, carried and landed at the Rinella Mole. From the Strada Rinella to the burying ground of the Naval Hospital, where the body was to be interred, the soldiers of the 88th Regiment formed two lines. The corpse was preceded by a company of Marines- selected from the ships, and commanded by Lieutenant Jackson, of her Maiesty's ship Monarch, with arms reversed, followed by the band of the 88th Regiment, playing the "Dead March" in Saul then followed the corpse upon a bier, upon the pall of which were the uniform, hat, and sword of the deceased. The Pall was held by the officers of the naval department, then followed the chaplain of the Naval Hospital; the garrison, the civil chaplain, and the chaplains of the men of war, next, the son of the deceased, an assistant-surgeon on board her Majesty’s ship Queen, attended by two friends and followed by the household of his late father in deep mourning. On arriving at the cemetery of the hospital the funeral service was read. When ended, it was not followed by three rounds of musquetry, fearing noise would disturb the inmates of the hospital, but three rounds were fired by the Marines of the Monarch when the procession left the creek. A superb monument will be erected over his grave, to record his numerous virtues which are summed up in great knowledge and great goodness. The soldiers of the 88th Regiment have embraced this plan of showing their grief for his loss, and of repairing as much as possible this direful event. Most magnanimous act ! This monument will be erected at the sacrifice of their pay.

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