The following obituary for William Fanshawe Martin appeared in the Times newspaper.
|Obituary in the Times newspaper|
|26 March 1895|
Admiral Sir William Fanshawe Martin.Admiral Sir William Fanshawe Martin, G.C.B., died on Sunday at his residence, Upton Grey, 0diham, Hants. He was the son of Admiral Sir Thomas Byam Martin, G.C.B., fourth son of the first baronet, and was born in 1801.
He entered the Navy at the age of 12, and in the year of the battle of Waterloo was serving as midshipman of the Akbar in the Scheldt, and subsequently of the Alceste in Lord Amherst's Embassy to China. He was wrecked in the Alceste. In 1823, being in command of the Fly, he rendered important services to British interests at Callao. He was posted in the following year. From 1849 to 1852 he commanded the Channel Squadron, and in the year following he was promoted to flag rank, and was appointed to be superintendent of Portsmouth Dockyard, a post which he held till 1858, when he became a Vice-Admiral. He was promoted to Admiral rank in 1863. He was a Lord of the Admiralty in Lord Palmerston’s second Administration from 1859 to I860. He was Commander-in-Chief in the Mediterranean from 1860 to 1863, and in the latter year he succeeded his cousin, Sir Henry Martin, in the baronetcy. From 1866 to 1869 Sir William Martin held the Devonport command, and he was placed on the retired list in 1870. From 1851 to 1853 he was an aide-de-camp to the Queen, and in 1861 he was appointed a Knight Commander of the Bath. He received a good-service pension in 1863, and the Grand Cross of the Bath in 1873. He was appointed to the ancient office of Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom in 1878.
Sir William Martin married, first, in 1826, the Hon. Anne Best, daughter of the first Baron Wynford (she died in 1836), and secondly, in 1838, Sophia Elizabeth, daughter of Mr. Richard Hurt, of Wirksworth (she died in 1874). Sir William Martin is succeeded in the baronetcy by his only son, Richard Byam, who was born in 1841, and married, in 1869, Catherine, only child of the late Captain Knipe, of the 16th Dragoon Guards.
The funeral will take place at Upton Grey Church, Winchfield, Hants, at 2 30 p.m. on Thursday next, the 28th inst.