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Valentine Blacker (1778 – 1826)


Lieutenant colonel in the Honourable East India Company and later Surveyor General of India.
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Valentine Blacker
Beneath are deposited the remains of Lieut-Colonel Valentine Blacker, Companion of the Bath, of the Light Cavalry on the establishment of Fort Saint George. During ten years, Quarter Master General of the Madras Army, and subsequently Surveyor General of India. Obit. iv. February MDCCCXXVI. Aet. xl. Lieutenant-Colonel Blacker was an Officer distinguished alike for professional ability, for public zeal, for private worth, and for manliness of character. In testimony thereof his friends and comrades have caused this monument to be erected to his memory.
Blacker quotes
Put your trust in God, my boys, and keep your powder dry!
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