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William Loney RN - Album

Album Album This leather-bound album (14 x 11 cm; click on the images to see larger versions) contains photographs of the commissioned officers of HMS Emerald in 1861 (see here for a complete list of all officers serving during the commission of 14 May 1859 - 7 Nov 1863).

In old age Dr Loney sent it (together with the portrait) to his niece Annie to prevent it "falling into strange hands". Unfortunately the accompanying letter was not dated, but in an enclosure he briefly gives the "present whereabouts" of the officers as gleaned from "a late Navy List", and this allows an estimate of the date of sending to be made: the reference to Lord Walter Kerr being a Vice Admiral and Second Naval Lord seems to date the document to the period 20 February to 26 May 1895.


Click on the officers name to see the photo and biographical details (if available). The information in the last four columns is taken from the relevant muster book of HMS Emerald (ADM 38/8031 in the National Archives); note that the dates of actual joining and leaving can differ from the dates the officer was commissioned to the ship. I assume that Portsmouth and Sheerness in the 'Joined' column refer to the ports, and not to ships of that name.

Name Rank Joined From Left To
Arthur Cumming Captain 14 May 1859 half pay 7 Nov 1863 half pay, paid off
Richard Carter Lieutenant 19 May 1859 half pay 17 Nov 1863 half pay, paid off
Arthur Richard Wright Lieutenant 16 May 1859 Edinburgh 3 Sep 1861 Impregnable
Edmund Hope Verney Lieutenant 13 May 1859 half pay 26 Feb 1862 Grappler
Lord Walter Talbot Kerr Lieutenant 30 Jul 1860 half pay 7 Nov 1863 half pay, paid off
Alfred Markham Lieutenant 26 Jan 1860 half pay 26 Jun 1861 Forte
Noel Stephen Fox Digby Mate 20 Jan 1860 Centurion 5 Sep 1861 half pay, promoted
Henry Francis Redhead Yorke Midshipman 1 Feb 1860 shore 4 Oct 1861 Trafalgar
Charles Davers Eden Midshipman 4 Jun 1859 Portsmouth 1 Jul 1861 Curlew
Arthur Cary Elwes Midshipman 4 Jun 1859 Portsmouth 26 Jun 1861 Forte
Hugh Miles Milman Midshipman 23 Oct 1860 Victory 28 Mar 1863 shore, until recovery from illness
David Batt Master 4 Nov 1860 half pay 24 Aug 1861 half pay, superseded
Percy C. Smith Masters Assistant 1 Sep 1860 Impregnable 1 Jul 1861 Curlew
Henry George Elliott Captain RM 22 May 1859 Woolwich hdq. 7 Nov 1863 Chatham 1st div.
Thomas Meyrick Hewett Lieutenant RM 22 May 1859 Woolwich hdq. 7 Nov 1863 Chatham, 1st div.
Robert Gilbert Webber Paymaster 17 May 1859 half pay 24 Nov 1862 half pay, superseded
Joseph Churcher Chief Engineer 8 Nov 1860 Asia 7 Nov 1863 Cumberland, paid off
Rev Frederick William Nickoll Chaplain & Naval Instructor 5 Sep 1860 Portsmouth 2 Apr 1862 Tribune
Dr William Loney Surgeon 16 Jul 1860 half pay 25 Mar 1861 Cumberland
Dr Robert Hague Assistant Surgeon 4 Aug 1860 half pay 16 Nov 1861 half pay
Denis McCarthy Assistant Surgeon 30 May 1859 Sheerness 7 Nov 1863 half pay, paid off
William H. Aitken Assistant Paymaster 16 May 1859 Waterloo 7 Nov 1863 Formidable
James King Bell Clerk 16 Sep 1860 Impregnable 7 Nov 1863 Formidable
Robert Dinwiddie Clerk 4 Nov 1860 Victory 7 Nov 1863 Formidable
Arthur Augustus Duffield Midshipman 23 Oct 1860 Victory 7 Nov 1863 Formidable
Rev. Edward Adams Williams Chaplain 29 Jun 1859 half pay 4 Sep 1860 Royal Adelaide
William Robert Clutterbuck Midshipman 4 Jun 1859 Portsmouth 19 May 1862 Vesuvius as pt. complement
Hon. Evelyn Henry Ellis Midshipman 30 Jan 1860 Conqueror 10 Jul 1862 Rinaldo
Thomas Edward Miller Midshipman 10 Feb 1860 Centurion 1 Nov 1863 Excellent to pass
Richard Purefoy Fitzgerald Lieutenant 7 Jun 1859 Excellent 29 Jul 1860 half pay, superseded Q103


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