Royal Navy obituary in the Times newspaper
Royal Navy obituary in the Times newspaper

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The following obituary for Hon. Fitzgerald Algernon Charles Foley appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary in the Times newspaper
27 July 1903Admiral the Hon. Fitzgerald Algernon Charles Foley, a son of the third baron and uncle of the present Baron Foley, died yesterday at Packham, Fordingbridge, Hants. He was born in 1823, and entered the Royal Navy on May 2, 1837. As a midshipman he served in the Castor during the operations on the coast of Syria and at the bombardment of Acre in 1840, besides being employed during the next two years in much arduous and dangerous boat service, for which he received the Syrian and Turkish medals with clasp. His commissions as mate (sub-lieutenant), lieutenant, and commander bore date respectively April 29, 1843, January 15, 1846, and September 7, 1855. During this period he saw service in China against pirates, and received the China medal. On August 6, 1860, he was promoted to captain for services in saving Christians on the coast of Morocco in the previous year. From 1875 to 1877 he was Superintendent of Sheerness Dockyard, having been on December 31, 1876, raised to flag rank. As a rear-admiral he was Superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard from 1877 to 1882, and in 1878 received the official expression of her Majesty Queen Victoria's satisfaction at the successful raising and bringing into harbour of the Eurydice, a boy’s training ship which had foundered off the Isle of Wight. He became vice-admiral on November 23, 1881, and admiral May 24, 1887, being placed on the retired list on July 7 of the same year. Admiral Foley, who was a J.P. for Hants, married in 1850 Frances, a daughter of Sir George Campbell, who died in 1867, and, secondly, in 1874, Renira Anna, the widow of Captain Edward Henry Gage Lambert, R.N. and daughter of the Rev. Richard Fortescue Purvis.

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