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Sir John Francis Edward Acton, sixth baronet (1736–1811) by Peter Eduard Ströhling, c. 1793 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Acton, Sir John Francis Edward, sixth baronet (1736–1811), naval officer and administrator in the Neapolitan service, descended from the Actons of Aldenham Hall, Shropshire, was born in Besançon, Franche Comté, France, in 1736 (baptized 3 June). His father, Dr Edward Acton (1709–1775), had settled there and married a local girl, ...

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Agar, Augustus Willington Shelton (1890–1968), naval officer, was born in Kandy, Ceylon, on 4 January 1890, the son of John Shelton Agar, an Irish tea planter from co. Kerry. He was the youngest of thirteen children, and his Austrian mother, whose maiden name was ...

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Barrett, John (bap. 1764, d. 1810), naval officer, son of Patrick and Elizabeth Barrett, was baptized at St Peter's, Dublin, on 27 May 1764. After going to sea first on 15 January 1780 as captain's servant in the Hannibal he served as able seaman and midshipman on that ship and the ...

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Barton, Andrew (c. 1470–1511), seaman and shipowner, was one of three brothers, Robert Barton, John, and Andrew, sons of the seafaring merchant John Barton (d. in or before 1494). Like his brothers, Andrew was frequently employed as a naval commander by James IV...

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Botetourt, John, first Lord Botetourt (d. 1324), admiral, emerged from obscurity in the 1280s and became a politically influential baron, an active soldier, and a prominent naval commander. For such a well-connected man Botetourt's origins and parentage are astonishingly obscure. An unsubstantiated reference in the ...

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Campbell, Peter [Pedro] (1782–1832), soldier and first organizer of the Uruguayan naval force, was born in Ireland, probably in co. Tipperary, in 1782. No record survives of his formative years, and little is known of this period except that he was born in a Roman Catholic family and that in his youth he was apprenticed to a tanner. He enlisted as a sergeant in the first battalion of the ...

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Carew, Sir Thomas (1368?–1431), soldier and naval commander, was the son of Sir Leonard Carew (1342–1369), and grandson of Sir John Carew, justiciar of Ireland (d. 1362). His mother was probably Alice, daughter of Sir Edmund Fitzalan. Leonard had come of age only in 1364, and at his death, five years later, his son was still an infant in the king's ward, under the guardianship of a succession of male relatives. ...

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Cheshire [née Lloyd], Dame Mary Kathleen (1902–1972), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born on 31 May 1902 at 15 Sussex Gardens, Eastbourne, Sussex, the daughter of Aloysius Joseph Lloyd, a draper, and his wife, Annie, formerly Grant. She was educated at the Ursuline convent, ...

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Gretton, Sir Peter William (1912–1992), naval officer, was born on 27 August 1912 at Dalhousie, near Simla, India, the elder of the two sons of George Foster Gretton (1878–1950), a major in the Indian army who, after 1919, became an active joint partner of ...

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Sir Henry Harwood Harwood (1888–1950) by Walter Stoneman © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Russell Grenfell

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Harwood, Sir Henry Harwood (1888–1950), naval officer, was born in London on 19 January 1888, the son of Surtees Harwood Harwood, barrister, of Ashman's Hall, Beccles, Suffolk, and his wife, Mary Cecilia Ullathorne, a distant relative of Archbishop Ullathorne. He was educated at ...

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Howard, Sir Edward (1476/7–1513), naval commander, was the second son of Thomas Howard, second duke of Norfolk (1443–1524), and his first wife, Elizabeth Tilney (d. 1497).

Edward's father was wounded fighting for Richard III at Bosworth, and was subsequently deprived of his title of ...

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V. W. Baddeley

revised by Paul G. Halpern

Kerr, Lord Walter Talbot (1839–1927), naval officer, was born at Newbattle Abbey, Midlothian, on 28 September 1839, the fourth son of John William Robert Kerr, seventh marquess of Lothian (1794–1841), and his wife, Lady Cecil Chetwynd Talbot (1808–1877) [see Kerr, Cecil Chetwynd...

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Magennis [formerly McGinnes], James Joseph (1919–1986), submariner, was born on 27 October 1919 at 4 Majorca Street, west Belfast, the second son and third of the five children of William McGinnes and his wife, Mary Jane Murphy. His father was a Scottish-born itinerant musician who soon abandoned his wife and children, leaving ...

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Dame Elvira Sibyl Maria Laughton Mathews (1888–1959) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Mathews, Dame Elvira Sibyl Maria [Vera] Laughton (1888–1959), director of the Women's Royal Naval Service, was born at 130 Sinclair Road, Hammersmith, Middlesex, on 25 September 1888, the daughter of Sir John Knox Laughton (1830–1915), naval instructor, and his second wife, Maria Josepha di Alberti (...

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Miers, Sir Anthony Cecil Capel (1906–1985), naval officer and submariner, was born on 11 November 1906 at Birchwood, Inverness, the younger son and second of three children of Captain Douglas Nathaniel Carleton Capel Miers, Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders, who was killed in France...

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Monson, Sir William (1568?–1643), naval officer, was the third but second surviving son of Sir John Monson (d. 1593) of South Carlton, Lincolnshire, and Jane, daughter of Robert Dighton of Little Sturton, Lincolnshire. He was probably raised as a Catholic, as both he and his brothers, ...