An unusual grave marker located in Winchester Cathedral, UK. A memorial to Thomas Thetcher who died on this date (12 May) in 1764, in part it reads that he “…died of a violent fever contracted by drinking Small Beer when hot.” It further reads

“Here sleeps in peace a Hampshire Grenadier

Who caught his death by drinking cold small beer

Soldiers take heed from from his untimely fall,

and when you’re hot, drink strong, or none at all.

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