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Aboukir Memorial, Portsmouth, Portsmouth

Aboukir Memorial, Portsmouth, Portsmouth
Photograph taken 12 January 2001 © Mr Mark Bardell. Source Historic England Archive ref: 474354

This monument was built in c1875. It is in memory of 48 Officers and Men who died during the epidemic of yellow fever on board H.M.S. Aboukir at Jamaica in 1873-74. The British had been involved with Jamaica since the 1650s and in 1866 it became a Crown Colony. This meant that it was ruled by a governor who was appointed by the British Secretary of State for the Colonies. H.M.S. Aboukir was a recieving ship, this was a ship that stayed in port and was used as a place to house new recuits before they were sent off on their postings.