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

Royal NavyObituaries

The following obituary for Edward Bridges Rice appeared in the Times newspaper.

Obituary in the Times newspaper
31 October 1902The death is announced of Admiral Sir Edward Bridges Rice at the age of 83. He was the son of Mr. E.R. Rice, of Dane Court, Dover, a prominent man in his county and Liberal member for Dover in four Parliaments. Admiral Rice entered the Navy in 1832 and became mate in 1839, in which capacity, in 1842, he served in the Dido during the operations on the Yang-tsze-kiang, and for this service received the medal. He became lieutenant in 1844 and commander in 1850. Two years later he commanded the flotilla of boats for two months on the Irrawaddy in advance of the British forces, engaged the Burmese at Metha, destroyed their magazines and war boats, and dispersed the troops. Commander Rice had charge of the seamen and naval guns on shore at the capture of Prome, and, in addition to the Burmese medal, received the thanks of the Governor-General in Council. In 1854, when commander of the Prometheus, he attacked the Riff pirates on shore near Cape Tres Forcas, and recaptured the English brig Cuthbert Young. On this occasion Parliament voted the Prometheus £1,000. Receiving his step in 1855, he was employed as flag captain in the Leander at Sevastopol from January, 1856, to the evacuation of the Crimea, and received the Turkish and Crimean medals with the Sevastopol clasp. He attained flag rank in 1873 and became vice-admiral in 1878. Admiral Rice was commander-in-chief at the Nore from 1882 to 1884, when he retired, being promoted admiral three days after his retirement. He was A.D.C. to Queen Victoria from 1869 to 1873, was made a Companion of the Bath in 1881, and was created K.C.B. in June, 1887. Admiral Rice, who was, as was his father before him, a magistrate and deputy lieutenant for the county of Kent, married in 1864 a daughter of the late Rev. William Vernon Harcourt, of Nuneham-park, Oxon, and was thus brother-in-law to Sir William Harcourt, who by the death of his relative was prevented from attending the House of Commons yesterday.

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