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

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The following obituary for Henry Chads appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary in the Times newspaper
2 July 1906

Admiral Sir Henry Chads, K.C.B.

Admiral Sir Henry Chads died at his residence, Portland-house, Southsea, on Saturday, in his 87th year. Sir Henry Chads came of an old naval family, and was a son of the late Admiral Sir Henry Ducie Chads, G.C.B. After a period of tuition at the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth, he entered the Royal Navy in August, 1832, and as a midshipman was engaged in the boats of the Andromache in the suppression of piracy in the Straits of Malacca. His commissions as mate (sub-lieutenant) and lieutenant bore date September 4, 1839, and June 14, 1841, respectively. In the last-named rank, when serving in the Harlequin, he was severely wounded during an attack on pirates off the island of Sumatra in 1844, and was specially promoted to commander in January, 1845, for his gallantry on this occasion. The neat year he was appointed to the command of the Styx, and in this vessel, during 1846-48, he captured a large number of slavers off the West Coast of Africa. In June, 1848, he was promoted to the rank of captain, and served during the war with Russia, being present at the capture of the Aland Islands, end the bombardment of Bomarsund; for his services he was mentioned in despatches by the officer commanding the French forces, and received the Baltic medal. He subsequently served as Captain-Superintendent of Deptford Dock and Victualling yards from 1863 to 1866, when he was advanced to flag rank. As a Rear-Admiral he served as second in command of the Channel Fleet, 1869-70, and, being advanced to Vice-Admiral in October, 1872, as Commander-in-Chief at the Nore, 1876-77. He retired as an Admiral in October, 1884, and was made a K.C.B. in June, 1887, on the occasion of the celebration of the completion of the 50th year of Queen Victoria’s reign. He was in receipt of a naval pension and a pension for wounds.

Sir Henry Chads was a magistrate for Hampshire, and a well-known philanthropist. He was one of the founders of the Royal Seamen and Marines’ Orphanage, Portsmouth, for which he and his family did valuable service.

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