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Posted by Roger Hutchins on Monday 12th of November 2018 20:00
William Ody (1787-1842) apparently enjoyed his service. In 1799 he was a Ship's Boy, HMS Spitfire; Midshipman 1804; Lieutenant, November-Dec 1809. Admiralty Service Record has him joining HMS Tuscan 1 Sept 1812, an error as he was definitely her 2nd Lieut in July, probably aboard since April. He was commended for his gallantry by Captain George M. Jones of Tuscan, for his part in the desperate battle to cut out three privateers on 11 July 1812 from the little harbour of Chipiona just north of Cadiz (Report to Admiral Legge, ADM 1/375 (33). In early 1813 Ody was appointed to HMS Urgent. Ody married Betty Anning (10 years younger than himself) in 1833 at Seaton, Devon. He named their first son William Collingwood (1834), second John Nelson (1838-92), third Napoleon (1839-84). The 1841 Census for Seaton finds him in Nelson Cottage, of independent means on a Navy Pension. Sadly he died in 1842. Ironically his son Napoleon in 1881 was a barman in The Wellington public house in Highgate, London. Father might not have approved!