He wears plate armour of the Lancastrian period and is known to have fought at the Battle of Agincourt in 1415.Here is buried under this grave
The head is regrettably missing, otherwise the figure is a perfect example of a knight of the period
There are many local legends as to how Harry Hawles lost his head. Some say it was an act of spite on the part of the King and was perpetrated soon after the brass was laid down. His coat of arms is also missing, so it seems as if he has been stripped of his identity. (The King sent him an angry missive in 1427 demanding "recompense of all monies due", so he obviously owed the King a few bob! )Alternatively, it could have been angry villagers - after all he was a kind of tax collector.
It could have been done at the time of the Dissolution of the Monasteries (St. George's was once in the possession of monks affiliated to Quarr Abbey, who lived at Arreton Manor.)
Also, Cromwell was known to have been around in Arreton. Perhaps his men knew something about it. We know that he had a thing about idols in churches. In fact during the Puritan period, fanatical vandals were appointed to visit churches where there were known to be brasses containing papist inscriptions praying for the soul of the departed. These were savagely removed, leaving a cruel scar on the brass However, the inscription on the Arreton brass remains undamaged, so who is to say what happened…..
Harry Hawles whose soul God save
Long time steward of the Isle of Wight
Have mercy on him God full of might