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

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The following obituary for Robert Fanshawe Stopford appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary in the Times newspaper
7 January 1891Admiral Robert Fanshawe Stopford, who died on the 4th inst. at Richmond, Surrey, in his 80th year, was the eldest son of the late Admiral the Hon. Sir Robert Stopford, G.C.B., G.C.M.G. - an officer who, after very greatly distinguishing himself during the old war, commanded, when 73 years of age, at the bombardment of St. Jean d'Acre in 1840. Admiral R.F. Stopford was born on December 19, 1811, when his father was commander-in-chief at the Cape, and entered the Royal Navy in 1824. After serving in the Mediterranean, the Baltic, and South America he returned to the Mediterranean in 1837 as flag lieutenant to his father on board the Queen Charlotte, 104. He was there promoted commander, and in that capacity appointed successively to the Zebra, 16, and Phoenix, steam sloop. In the latter of these he assisted in the operations on the coast of Syria, and at the bombardment of St. Jean d’Acre, with despatches relative to which last event he was sent home. This procured him post rank. In 1841-42 he was captain of the Talbot, 26, in the Mediterranean, and in 1847-50, flag-captain of the Asia, 84, in the Pacific. In 1857 he was granted a captain's good-service pension, and as Rear-Admiral of the Blue, in 1860, was captain of the fleet in the Royal Albert,121, in the Channel. The late Admiral, who was a J.P. for Surrey, and who possessed the Syrian medal, became lieutenant on December 24, 1830; commander on June 28, 1838; captain on November 4, 1840; rear-admiral on May 2, 1860; vice-admiral on April 2, 1866; and retired on January 25, 1871, attaining the rank of retired admiral on July 14 following. Admiral Stopford, it should he added, was descended on both sides from distinguished naval families, his mother having been a daughter of Captain Robert Fanshawe, R.N., who was Rodney's flag captain in the action of April 12, 1782, and who died, aged 83, as Resident Commissioner at Devonport Dockyard in 1823.
8 January 1891


Sir,- Will you be so good as to allow me to correct an error in the excellent obituary notice of Admiral Robert Fanshawe Stopford, which appeared in The Times this morning?

Captain Robert Fanshawe was not Rodney's flag captain in the action of April 12, 1782. He was captain of the Namur, three decker, of 90 guns, which was immediately astern of the Formidable, Rodney's flagship, when he passed through the French line.

I am, Sir, your obedient servant,
E.G. FANSHAWE, Admiral.
74, Cromwell-road, Jan. 7.

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