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

Royal NavyObituaries

The following obituary for William Saltonstall Wiseman appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary in the Times newspaper
6 August 1874The 1ate Admiral Sir William S. Wiseman. — Our obituary column yesterday contained the name of a gallant and popular Naval officer, Rear-Admiral Sir William S. Wiseman, who died on the 14th ult., at St. Joseph, Missouri, at the age of 59. He was the second but only surviving son of the late Sir William Saltonstall Wiseman, and grandson maternally of the late Sir James Mackintosh, M.P, the historian and philosopher. He was born in 1814, and was educated at Harrow and at the Royal Naval College. He entered the Royal Navy at an early age, and served for some time on the Mediterranean and South American Stations. He was subsequently employed on the North American and West Indian Stations. He attained a Captaincy in 1854, and was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral in 1869. He was nominated a Knight Commander of the Order of the Bath in 1867, principally in recognition of his services in New Zealand in 1863-4. He was a Magistrate and Deputy-Lieutenant for Middlesex, and was appointed in 1859 Vice-President of the Ordnance Select Committee. Sir William, who was the representative of an old Essex family, from the ancestors of which the late Cardinal Wiseman also claimed descent, married a daughter of Admiral Paterson, and is succeeded in the title by his only son William, a commander in the Navy, who was born in 1845.
19 August 1874 Death of Sir. W. Wiseman —The St. Joseph (Missouri) Herald of the 19th ult. says:— "On Wednesday we published an account of the sudden death, at the Saunders-house, of an elderly gentleman who had registered his name as 'William Chambers, Lincoln, Neb.' The gentleman was a large, portly man, about 64 years of age, and, although plainly dressed, gave evidence that he had occupied no ordinary situation in life. The body was taken charge of by Dr. Hugh Trevor, the coroner, and an inquest held. On Thursday the man's trunk arrived, and was taken charge of by the coroner. In it was found a lot of ordinary clothing, a number of letters and papers, and some photographs of a man dressed in the uniform of the British Navy, also some visiting cards bearing the name of 'Sir William Wiseman, 58, Belgrave Road.' The letters and papers were, of course, examined by Dr. Trevor, but no further than was absolutely necessary to ascertain the facts connected with the man's life and determine his own duty in the premises. The letters established clearly that the man was Admiral Sir William Wiseman, a man who once occupied one of the highest positions in the English Navy. The remains of Sir William Wiseman repose in Mount Mora Cemetery. They received at the hands of Dr. Trevor every attention and respect that could be shown, and the most scrupulous delicacy has been observed in not permitting the more private affairs of the deceased to be made public. Nothing further will be done with the body until the relatives in England are heard from."

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