David Wilmot 1
- Born: Cal 1764 1
- Marriage: Mary
- Died: 8 Apr 1799, Acre, Turkey. (Now Israel) aged about 35 1
Cause of his death was Shot by a rifleman.
Captain David Wilmot RN, commander of HMS Seahorse was killed by a rifleman during the siege of Acre (March 20th - May 21st 1799). The British were assisting the Turks in defending this walled town (now the Israeli town of Akko) against the French army of Napoleon Bonaparte.
From a plaque in Axminster Church:
Sacred to the memory of Mary,
the beloved wife of
David Willmott Esq.
late Captain in His Majesty's Navy,
whose amiable and elegant person
was dignified by her good
understanding and judgement.
In the bloom of life, the delight
of her friends and the felicity
of her husband, it pleased God to
remove her from this life
to a better one on 23rd July 1797
at the early age of 23.
As a testimony of the most sincere
affection her afflicted husband
deputed his affectionate sisters,
Mary Henderson & Eunice Willmott
to erect this monument to her memory
whilst he, zealous for the
public weal, in nine engagements
was wounded eight times.
On the 8th April 1799 he was killed
by a rifleman at the glorious Siege of Acre
in the 35th year of his age
having established his character as a
brave officer and a just man.
David married Mary. (Mary was born Est 1774 and died on 23 Jul 1797.)
Justin J Corfield, The Corfields: A history of the Corfields from 1180 to the present day (ISBN 0646143336).