Memorial window of J.H. Speke, 1969-08-31
Scope and Contents
90 x 90 mm. Consisting of a massive black marble sarcophagus, with a cross of bronze inlaid in the top and a band of bronze with the inscription: 'Sacred to the memory of John Hanning second son of William and Georgina Speke who dies September 15th 1864 aged 37 years'. Behind it an arch has been recessed in the church wall in the centre of which is a trophy in relief consisting of a gun, a sword and a sextant and the motto: 'A nilo praeclarus.' At the top of the monument is a bust of the explorer surrounded by a wreath, and on the frame of the arch appear the crocodile and hippopotamus which were added to the Speke arms in honour of the explorer, and also two ibises. Nearby stands a tattered Union Jack which flew at Jinja, by the Ripon Falls where Speke saw the Nile emerging from the Victoria Nyanza, until the independence of Uganda in October 1962. A year later, at a special ceremony, it was handed to Dowlish Wake church by the High Commissioner for Uganda.
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Simpson, Donald Herbert, 1920-2002, Librarian of the Royal Commonwealth Society
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