SU4829 : The perils of drinking alcohol

taken 4 years ago, near to Winchester, Hampshire, Great Britain

The perils of drinking alcohol
The perils of drinking alcohol
This memorial stone in the grounds of Winchester Cathedral reads "In memorial of Thomas Thetcher a Grenadier 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 age 26 years." It goes on to bear testimony to the young man's universal goodwill towards his comrades. The stone warns "Here sleeps in peace, a Hampshire Grenadier.- Who caught his death by drinking cold small beer.- Soldiers be wise from his untimely fall.- When ye're hot drink strong or none at all."- The memorial was restored by soldiers of the garrison in 1781, replaced in 1802 after being found destroyed, and again in 1966. "An honest soldier never is forgot - whether he die by musket or by pot"
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Date Taken
Saturday, 7 September, 2013   (more nearby)
Submitted
Monday, 23 September, 2013
Geographical Context
City, Town centre 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SU 4809 2932 [10m precision]
WGS84: 51:3.6727N 1:18.9090W
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OSGB36: geotagged! SU 4808 2932
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East-southeast (about 112 degrees)
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