Article by Jackie and Selwyn Kennard
Almost 2 years after Jackie & Selwyn Kennard and David Wright were made aware of the poor condition of the monument to Captain Conway Shipley at Paço do Arcos, and started to organise its restoration, the rededication ceremony was held at 11.00 on Thursday 21st September 2017.
We have been asked to reproduce in full the texts of the speeches delivered at the 2 events held in September 2017 to rededicate the restored monument to Captain Conway Shipley, Royal Navy. 1782-1808.
The speeches are published here in the order in which they were given:
Captain Peter Hore Captain Hore, on behalf of The 1805 Club, at dinner on the evening prior to the ceremony
Dr Paulo César Sanches Casinhas da Silva, President of Oeiras Town Council (Câmara Municipal de Oeiras), at the unveiling of the restored monument.
HM Ambassador, Mrs Kirsty Hayes, at the lunch offered by Oeiras Town Council after the ceremony.
Introductory speech by Major Nick Hallidie
“Senhor Nuno Mocinha, Presidente da Camâra Municipal de Elvas, my Lord, ladies and gentlemen, meus senhores minhas senhoras, distinguished guests, we are gathered again to remember those who fell in the battle of Albuera and the sieges of Badajoz, but one person is missing.
We would like to thank all those who supported the Presentation on the British Cemetery, Elvas on Wednesday, 12th April at the Cascais Cultural Centre, which raised €220.
Article written by Mark Crathorne and Jackie Kennard Photographs courtesy of Ian Yarwood, Selwyn Kennard and Mark Crathorne.
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The monument, known locally as the Monument to the “Inglês Morto” (Dead Englishman) is dedicated by his fellow officers to Captain Conway Shipley, Royal Navy, who was killed by the French at Belém on 23 April 1808. It is located beside the Tagus River at Paço de Arcos, in the municipality of Oeiras, just outside Lisbon.
As my husband and I had both served in the Royal Navy for many years we instinctively felt a duty to try and raise awareness of the condition of this monument and to explore ways to have it restored. Having served at NATO for two years previously we started by contacting the local NATO Commander and, through his offices, we were given a contact in the Oeiras Town Council (Câmara de Oeiras).
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Wishing you all a fantastic 2017.
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