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

Royal NavyObituaries

The following obituary for Henry John Codrington appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary in the Times newspaper
6 August 1877Death of Sir H.J. Codrington.- The Junior Admiral of the Fleet, Sir Henry John Codrington, K.C.B., died at his residence, in Eaton-square, on Saturday last, aged 68. He was the youngest son of the late Admiral Sir E. Codrington, G.C.B., who commanded the British Fleet at the battle of Navarino. He entered the Navy in February, 1823, and was subsequently appointed midshipman in the Naiad, 40, Captain the Hon. R. Cavendish Spencer, in which frigate he assisted at the blockade of Algiers in 1824. He served on board the flagship of his father at the battle of Navarino, in which engagement he was severely wounded. He was promoted to Lieutenant in June, 1820, obtained the rank of Commander in October, 1831, and served as Flag Lieutenant in the Caledonia, flag-ship in the Channel of Sir Edward Codrington. He subsequently, in June, 1834, obtained the command of the Orestes, 38, in which he served on the Mediterranean station until his promotion to post rank in January, 1836. He afterwards served at the destruction of the batteries of St. Jean d'Acre, and for his services on that occasion was nominated a Companion of the Order of the Bath. He afterwards officiated as Flag Captain to his father, Sir Edward Codrington, then Commander-in-chief at Portsmouth. From 1858 to 1863 he was Admiral Superintendent of Malta Dockyard. For his services he had received the Russian Order of the Fourth Class of St. Vladimir, the Legion of Honour from France, and the Redeemer of Greece, and in 1867 was created a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath. The late Sir Henry married first, in 1840, Helen June, daughter of Mr. C. Webb Smith, and secondly, in 1869, Catherine, daughter of the late Mr. H.C. Compton, of Manor-house, Lyndhurst, and relict of Admiral Aitchison, of Shrubs-hill, Lyndhurst. The late Admiral obtained his commission as Captain June 20, 1836; Rear-Admiral May 19, 1857; Vice-Admiral September 24, 1863; Admiral October 18, 1867; and Admiral of the Fleet January 22 in the present year.

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