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


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 (...


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, ...