In my opinion the glorification of every kind of army troops is senseless and absurd, I’m sorry. You can feel sorry for the men who fell and their families without having to feel pride about the role they played in any war. The glorification and romanticization of war is actually something that is so widespread and people don’t even see how wrong it is, or how easy it is to fall into “Good vs Bad” dycothomy, or how easy it is to justify actions that were terrible because the “men were brave”.
War is a terrible, terrible thing. Every “hero” that arises managed to do so because he contributed to the killing of other people.
I really do mean it. I’m not the type of person to only say those 3 words when i need something from you. If I tell you that I miss you, it means that you mean a lot to me. Not only does it mean that you have positively impacted my life, but it also means that i want you to stay. I know people come and go, and that’s life, but I’m going to be honest, I want you to stay in my life.
Westcliffe House or Bitton House, as it’s known as today
The name “Bitton” is believed to have originated from the thirteenth century bishop of Exeter, Thomas de Bytton, who is said to have built a house in West Teignmouth.
Bitton House is now used as the Town Council offices but at one time, when it was known as West Cliff, it was home to Teignmouth’s naval hero, Edward Pellew, a contemporary of Nelson. Pellew entered the Royal Navy as a thirteen year old purser’s servant and through his outstanding courage and tactical brilliance, rose steadily through the ranks to become Admiral Sir Edward Pellew 1st Viscount Exmouth.
In 1816, his fleet of 17 British and 6 Dutch ships bombarded Algiers, successfully freeing 3,000 Christian slaves. He returned home to national acclaim. Two cannon from Algiers can be seen outside the house. In retirement Pellew devoted himself to good works. He was largely instrumental in funding the rebuilding of St James, the parish church of West Teignmouth.
The Orangery is thought to date from 1842. This date was found inscribed inside during restoration work. The exotic plants are tended by the Friends of the Orangery who also open the premises to the public during the summer.
"The voyage home provided an aptly turbulent farewell to the East. Pellew was in haste, having been delayed by the late arrival of his successor, Vice Admiral William Drury, and anxious to reach home after a five-year separation from Susan. There seems to have been an element of guilt as well. She was loving, devout, he irascible and perhaps occasionally unfaithful. She was ‘my dear good Susan’, he ‘a miserable sinner’. In one of his last letters to Broughton he had confessed: ‘In shame I say it, I have been a wicked fellow…long have I repented, altho’ I dare not look up with one atom of Confidence but thro’ the mediation of my blessed Saviour’. His remorse may have sprung from prolonged reflection rather than any specific transgression; even so, this rarely expressed piety suggests a need for atonement."
-Commander: The Life and Exploits of Britain’s Greatest Frigate Captain by Stephen Taylor
The voyage home would prove to be a costly affair, though it was impossible for Pellew not to know the risks he was taking by leaving when he did. When he left with his fifteen indiamen, the seas around mauritius were prone to be stirred by hurricanes-he had even been informed of the danger by another captain. On top of that, his ships had been overloaded with saltpetre for the war out of strategic necessity and he coarse he had set from the beginning strayed unusually close to french held islands in the name of speeding his way home (and perhaps finding a prize.)
At the outset they were becalmed after three weeks sailing. On March 14th the fleet lay within 200 miles east by south east of Mauritius when they were struck around dawn by ‘what the old hands called “a perfect hurricane.”’ Pellew’s flagship The Culloden had her boats washed away, her quarter galleries stoved in and mizzen toppled. His old friend friend John Gaze was even pressed to suggest the guns be thrown over but Pellew replied, “what would become of the convoy if we meet an enemy?”
His calm settled them and his constant presence wherever there was danger, be it in the high tops or on deck, was a boon. At one point he was even loathe to send any of his men up the main mast for fear it would come crashing down and bring them with it, but at last was forced to consent when the danger of the main sail exceeded his hope for their protection-luckily none were lost. After three days the hurricane passed but four indiamen were never seen again. 500 seamen and a hundred passengers had died, including “the Madras Army Commander, Company officials, and many wives and journey.”
The rest of the journey proved uneventful and in July of 1809 he was finally home.