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

Royal NavyObituaries

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

Obituary in the Times newspaper
4 January 1888One of the oldest members of the service has just passed away in his 96th year. Captain Charles FitzGerald, R.N., C.B., died on the 29th of December at his residence, Geraldine-house, Kilkee, county Clare. He entered the Royal Navy in 1809, passed his examination in 1815, and obtained his first commission in 1826. His appointments, as lieutenant, were to the Coastguard in April, 1832, and in 1833 and 1836 respectively to the Cruiser and the Belvidera, on the North American and West Indian stations. In 1838 he was sent in command of the Buzzard to the West Coast of Africa to aid in putting down the slave trade, and he captured several slavers. He was invalided home in 1840, and was promoted to the rank of commander soon afterwards, when he went on half-pay. In 1844 he was appointed Governor of the British Settlements on the Gambia, and from 1847 to 1855 held the Governorship of Western Australia. He was promoted to captain in 1856, and was nominated a Companion of the Bath in 1857. He was a son of the late Mr. Robert FitzGerald, of Kilkee, a cadet of the ducal house of Leinster. He was twice married — first, in 1837, to Lucy, youngest daughter of Dr. Austin, and, secondly, in 1848, to Eleanora Caroline, daughter of Mr. Charles Cary Elwes, of Great Billing-hall, Northamptonshire.

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