Henry Keppel R.N.
Henry Keppel R.N.

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Henry Keppel R.N.Explanation
Sixth surviving son of William Charles Keppel, 4th Earl of Albermarle (1772-1849)
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
14 June 1809 Born
4 February 1856 C.B. (Companion of the Bath)
12 September 1857 K.C.B. (Knight Commander of the Bath)
September 1858May 1860Groom-in-waiting to Queen Victoria
30 October 1861 Married Jane Elizabeth (died 21 April 1895), daughter of Martin J. West and sister of Sir Algernon West, Gladstone's private secretary
20 May 1871 G.C.B. (Knight Grand Cross of the Bath)
March 1878 Principal naval aide-de-camp to Queen Victoria
1899 Wrote 'A Sailor's Life under Four Sovereigns', 3 volumes of memoirs
17 January 1904 Died (London)
Obituary in the Times newspaper
7 February 1822Entered Navy
28 January 1829Lieutenant
30 January 1833Commander
5 December 1837Captain
22 August 1857Rear-Admiral
11 January 1864Vice-Admiral
3 July 1869Admiral
5 August 1877Admiral of the Fleet
14 June 1879Retired Admiral of the Fleet
Date fromDate toService
16 May 18341838Commander in Childers, Mediterranean, then Cape of Good Hope
30 August 18411844Captain in Dido, East Indies (including the first Anglo-Chinese war and Sir James Brooke's campaign for the suppression of Borneo piracy)
1 November 18471851Captain in Maeander, East Indies (again cooperating with Brooke), then Australia and the Pacific
21 May 1853July 1855Captain in St Jean d'Acre (from commissioning at Plymouth), Western squadron, then (May 1854) the Baltic and (1855) the Black Sea during the Russian War
21 July 1855January 1856Captain in Rodney, Mediterranean, in command of the Naval Brigade ashore in the Crimea during the Russian War
25 January 185617 September 1856Captain in Colossus, in charge of a division of gunboats
17 September 185614 April 1857Commodore in Raleigh, flagship of William Willmott Henderson, en route to the East Indies and China (where appointed second in command) until wrecked near Macaw when the ship struck an uncharted rock; all saved
May 185722 August 1858Hoisted his broad pennant in the chartered river steamer Hong Kong for operations in the Canton River
10 February 18606 February 1861Commander-in-chief, Cape of Good Hope and west coast of Africa (but rapidly transferred to the Brazilian command, and then recalled after an affair with the wife of the Cape governor, Sir George Grey on the voyage out; see Brian Warner, Quarterly Bulletin of the South African Library, 33, 27-32, 1978) (flag in Forte)
18 January 186717 July 1869Commander-in-chief, China (flag in Rodney)
1 November 18721 November 1875Commander-in-chief, Devonport

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