John Edmund Commerell R.N.
John Edmund Commerell R.N.

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John Edmund Commerell R.N.Explanation
Second son of John Williams Commerell of Strood Park, Horsham
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
13 January 1829 Born (London)
1853 Married Mathilda Maria, fourth daughter of Joseph Bushby of Halkin Street, London
11 October 1855 In the Sea of Azov, Crimea, together with Quartermaster William Thomas Rickard and a seaman, he destroyed large quantities of forage on the shore of the Putrid Sea. For this he was subsequently awarded the Victoria Cross
1866 C.B. (Companion of the Bath), civil branch
1870 C.B. (Companion of the Bath), military branch
18741879Groom-in-waiting to Queen Victoria
30 March 1874 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath)
25 November 188523 May 1888M.P. (Conservative) for Southampton
21 June 1887 G.C.B. (Knight Grand Cross of the Bath)
20 February 1901 Died (London)
Obituary in the Times newspaper
19 February 1842Entered Navy
13 December 1848Lieutenant
29 September 1855Commander
18 July 1859Captain
12 November 1876Rear-Admiral
19 January 1881Vice-Admiral
12 April 1886Admiral
14 February 1892Admiral of the Fleet
13 February 1899Retired Admiral of the Fl
Date fromDate toService
15 February 1854 Lieutenant in Vulture, commanded by Frederick Henry Hastings Glasse, the Baltic and then (1855) the Black Sea and Sea of Azov during the Russian War
21 February 1855 Commander in Weser, in the Sea of Azov (where he won his Victoria Cross)
27 February 1856 Commander in Snake, Mediterranean
4 October 1858 Commander in Fury, China (including 2nd Anglo-Chinese War)
28 September 1859 Captain in Magicienne, East Indies and China
8 July 18651 January 1866Captain in Scorpion, Portsmouth
3 May 186618 May 1868Captain in Terrible, helping to lay the (third, and finally successful) Atlantic cable
13 May 1869October 1870Captain in Monarch, Channel squadron
16 February 18712 October 1873Commodore in Rattlesnake (until paying off at Plymouth), Commander-in-chief, Cape of Good Hope and west coast of Africa (until invalided by a wound received in the Second Anglo-Ashantee War)
18721877Naval aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria
1875 Second in command, Mediterranean
4 December 187912 May 1880Commissioner of the Admiralty (Junior Naval Lord)
7 November 188225 August 1885Commander-in-chief, North America and West Indies (flag in Northampton)
20 June 188822 June 1891Commander-in-chief, Portsmouth

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