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Compiled and copyright © Martin Edwards 2009

Sometimes the strangest memorials are encountered. This is one of those standing outside Winchester Cathedral.

In Memory of
AGrenadier in the North Reg
of Hants Militia, who died of a
violent Fever contracted by drinking
Small Beer when hot the 12th of May
1764 Aged 26 Years
In grateful remembrance of whose uniresal
good will towards his Comrades, this Stone
is placed here at their expence, as a small
testimony of their regard and concern.
here sleeps in peace a Hampshire Grenadier,
Who caught his death by drinking cold small Beer.
Soldiers be wise from his untimely fall
And when yere hot drink Strong or none at all.

This memorial being decayed was restored
by the Officers of the Garrison A.D. 1781
An honest Soldier never is forgot
Whether he die by Musket or by Pot.

This Stone was placed by the North hants
Militia when disembodied at Winchester
on 26th April 1902 in consequence of
the original Stone being destroyed.

Last updated 16 March, 2009

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