The million-peopled city
The Burial-ground of Chelsea Hospital, and its Remarkable Epitaphs.
In one respect has an advantage over . It has a burial-ground of its own, in which only those connected with the Hospital are interred. The graves of the pensioners are only in a very few instances distinguished by any tablet, but here and there one exists, ordinarily characteristic in its epitaph. The following is an example:-
This veteran, who was a native of , is said to have been married three times after he had attained the age of 100 years. His last marriage was on the year before his death, on . He served in the army for 80 years. He was in all the wars of , under , and likewise served under the , in . He was admitted an in-pensioner at , in the year of the peace of Utrecht. and each allowed him a crown a-week for some years before his death, in consideration of the services he had rendered his country. A picture of him when 110 is still extant.
The following is an exact copy of the tomb of the first pensioner buried in the ground:-
" Here lyeth the Body of , who in the capacity of a Souldier served , , and their present Majts. and , whose pensioner he was, belonging to this their Majests. , and the first that was interred in this Burying place, who deceased the ."
is here buried, who only discovered her sex when she was discharged and sent to England, after being severely wounded at . She had her pension from , as if she had been a man, and even continued to wear her uniform. The late
|allowed her a pension of 30l. a-year. She died in , in .|
A somewhat similar case had occurred some 50 years before. Mrs. had served as a Dragoon, undiscovered; and her sex was only discovered on her receiving a wound in her body in wars in . She afterwards behaved with great valour in . For her courageous behaviour, she obtained, through ., an allowance from of one shilling a-day. She was buried, according to her desire, amongst the old pensioners, and three volleys were fired over her grave. Her third husband was himself a pensioner, and resided at.
The celebrated , was buried here in , in the part of the ground devoted to officers, &c. of the Hospital. He was organist of the chapel, and attained the age of 88.
 Faulkner's "Chelsea," vol. ii., pp. 265-6.
 "Political State of Europe," vol. lviii., p. 90, referred to by Faulkner.