Memory of Thomas Thetcher
Grenadier in the North Reg. of Hants Militia, who
died of a violent Fever contracted by drinking Small
Beer when hot the 12th of May 1764. Aged 26 Years.
grateful remembrance of whose universal good will
towards his Comrades, this Stone is placed here at
their expence, as a small testimony of their regard
and concern. Here sleeps in peace a Hampshire Grenadier,
Who caught his death by drinking cold small Beer,
Soldiers be wise from his untimely fall And when ye're
hot drink Strong or none at all.
memorial being decay'd was restord by the Officers
of the Garrison A.D. 1781.
Honest Soldier never is forgot whether he die by Musket
or by Pot.
Stone was replaced by the North Hants Militia when
disembodied at Winchester, on 26th April 1802, in
consequence of the original Stone being destroyed.
again replaced by The Royal Hampshire Regiment 1966.