||This interesting gravestone is on
the grounds of Winchester Cathedral. It reads: " In
Memory of THOMAS THATCHER a 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. In grateful remembrance of whose universal
good will towards his Comrades, this Stone is placed here
at their expense, 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."