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Two clerks on duty in James Taylors offices in Old Portsmouth. 			 (Robert James collection)

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In 1749 Second Lieutenant Baker Phillips was aboard the ship Anglesey when there was an engagement with a French privateer.

Anglesey’s captain and master were killed, 60 crewmen lay dead or badly wounded and the ship was taking on water.

Phillips decided the position was hopeless and surrendered.

At the court martial mercy was recommended but ignored.

On July 19 Phillips was ‘shot by a platoon of musketeers on the forecastle’ of the Princess Royal at Spithead – from John Sadden’s The Portsmouth Book of Days.