Henry Wells Giffard R.N.
Henry Wells Giffard R.N.

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Henry Wells Giffard R.N.Explanation
Third son of Admiral John Giffard (1766-1855)
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
June 1811 Born
19 March 1846 Married Ella Amelia, forth daughter of Major-General Sir Benjamin C. Stevenson, G.C.H.
1 June 1854 Died (of gangrene in captivity in Odessa)
Literature: (Greenhill and Giffard).
1 June 1824Entered Navy
4 March 1831Lieutenant
22 February 1838Commander
8 June 1841Captain
Date fromDate toService
11 July 1831November 1832Lieutenant in Hyacinth, commanded by William Oldrey, West Indies
14 May 1833 Lieutenant in Volage, commanded by George Bohun Martin, Mediterranean
1 November 1835 Lieutenant in Volage, commanded by Peter Richards, Mediterranean
26 September 183722 February 1838Lieutenant in Hyacinth, commanded by William Warren, East Indies
10 May 183916 October 1841Commander in Cruizer, East Indies (including the first Anglo-Chinese war)
13 October 184626 March 1848Captain in Penelope (from commissioning), flagship of Commodore Charles Hotham, west coast of Africa
3 August 185019 June 1852Captain in Dragon (from commissioning) (Portsmouth), Mediterranean
19 June 18521 June 1854Captain in Tiger, Mediterranean and Crimea (until he died). On 12 May 1854 Tiger grounded in fog off Odessa, and Giffard was forced to surrender the ship after being taken under fire from the land. He was seriously injured and his leg was removed while still on the ship, but he died of gangrene in captivity on 1 June.

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