Edward Westby Vansittart R.N.
Edward Westby Vansittart R.N.

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Edward Westby Vansittart R.N.Explanation
Third son (and fifth child) of Vice-Admiral Henry Vansittart (1777-1843)
Date (from)(Date to)Personal
20 July 1818 Born (Bisham Abbey, Berkshire)
March 1867 C.B. (Commander of the Bath)
19 October 1904 Died (Worthing)
2 August 1837Entered Navy
16 September 1842Lieutenant
23 October 1849Commander
9 January 1856Captain
20 July 1873Retired Rear Admiral
1 February 1879Retired Vice Admiral
Date fromDate toService
20 February 184318 May 1846Lieutenant in Serpent, commanded by William Nevill, East Indies
1846 Lieutenant in Gladiator, commanded by John Robb, Channel squadron
24 December 1846 Lieutenant in Hibernia, commanded by Peter Richards, flagship of Vice-Admiral William Parker, Mediterranean
1 January 184823 October 1849Lieutenant in Victoria and Albert, commanded by Lord Adolphus Fitzclarence
25 August 1852 Commander in Bittern (from commissioning at Sheerness), East Indies1)
18 November 185919 March 1864Captain in Ariadne (from commissioning at Chatham until paying off at Sheerness), Channel squadron, then (July - November 1860) in the squadron taking the Prince of Wales (in Hero) to North America, then Mediterranean, then North America and West Indies
14 September 18642 November 1868Captain in Achilles (from commissioning at Chatham until paying off at Plymouth), Channel squadron
12 September 187120 July 1873Captain in Sultan (from commissioning at Portsmouth), Channel squadron
1)In command of the Bittern on the China Station from 1343 to 1855, he was constantly engaged in the suppression of piracy, and for his services was honourably mentioned in despatches; during the war with Russia his vessel was attached to the squadron blockading De Castries Bay, in the Gulf of Tartary; and in September, 1855, he destroyed a piratical fleet of 40 war junks and the pirate stronghold at Sheipoo, rescuing a party of English ladies who had fallen into the hands of the pirates. For this last-named exploit he received the official thanks of the Chinese authorities and was presented by the British and foreign merchants with an illuminated address and a magnificent screen as a token of their gratitude and esteem (Times, 20 October 1904)

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