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Captain Henry Kingsmill [Oct. 21st, 2012|10:12 am]
Tony Grist
Captain Henry Kingsmill

T
he Battle of Edgehill (Oct 23, 1642) was the first pitched battle of the English Civil War. The armies were unprofessional and ill-trained and neither side was able to claim victory. The battlefield- a stretch of flattish farm-land between the ridge of Edgehill and the little town of Kineton- is now largely owned by the Ministry of Defence. 

Captain Henry Kingsmill was a casualty of the battle- "unhappily slaine  by a Cannon Bullet"- which probably means a piece of case shot- whilst "manfully fighting in behalf of his king and country".  His battered monument (his legs and the top of his head are missing) was erected by his mother in 1670.  It is now housed in the otherwise unremarkable Victorian church at Radway on the edge of the battlefield.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2012-10-21 12:19 pm (UTC)
When I first saw the photo, I thought he was wearing a black fez on his head from the way it was cut off and due to the black background.It gave me the oddest impression.

Where was the monument originally located? On the battlefield?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-10-21 02:27 pm (UTC)
There was once a medieval church in Radway and the monument was located there. I can't find out why it was replaced. It's possible the present church was built on the foundations of the old one, but I'm not sure.
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[User Picture]From: trixibelle_net
2012-10-21 05:56 pm (UTC)
Looks a rather swarthy fellow
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2012-10-21 07:44 pm (UTC)
He reminds me of Oliver Reed
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