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Cowper Phipps Coles (1819–1870) by J. Harris © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Coles, Cowper Phipps (1819–1870), naval officer and inventor of a gun turret, was born on 9 July 1819, the third son of the Revd John Coles (1787–1865) of Ditcham Park, Hampshire, rector of Silchester, and his first wife, Marianne Goodhead, née Rogers (...

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Grenfell, Hubert Henry (1845–1906), naval officer and expert on gunnery, born at Rugby, Warwickshire, on 12 June 1845, was the son of Algernon Grenfell, a clerk, and his wife, Maria Guerin Price.

Joining the navy as a cadet on 13 December 1859, at the age of fourteen, ...