John Pilfold


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1.1769CSORN
First Known Service15.10.1788CSORN
FatherCharles Pilfold, EsqRNB1823
MotherBathia WhiteRNB1823
WifeMary Ann Horner South (d1832)NAO
DaughterHelen Pilfold (1808-1834)NAO
DaughterEmma PilfoldNAO
NephewPercy Bysshe ShelleyNAO
Last Known Service25.12.1805CSORN
Date of Death12.7.1834 - Stonehouse, PlymouthNAO
Cause of DeathAs a result of a strokeCSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
20.1.1769 Baptized at Horsham, SussexODNB
15.10.178831.12.1788Crown (64), Able SeamanNAO
1.1.17895.6.1792Crown (64), MidshipmanNAO
6.6.179227.1.1793Brunswick (74), Able SeamanNAO
28.1.179328.2.1793Brunswick (74), MidshipmanRNB1823
1.3.179314.7.1794Brunswick (74), Master's MateRNB1823
1.6.1794 Glorious 1st of June 
4.7.179427.7.1794Queen Charlotte (100), Able SeamanNAO
28.7.179420.10.1794Queen Charlotte (100), MidshipmanNAO
21.10.1794 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationNAO
3.11.1794 Passed the Lieutenant's ExaminationNAO
8.12.179414.2.1795Queen Charlotte (100), MidshipmanNAO
14.2.17958.3.1795Russell (74), Acting LieutenantNAO
9.3.1795 LieutenantCSORN
9.3.17959.1795Russell (74), LieutenantRNB1823
23.6.1795 Action of Ile Groix 
31.8.17953.9.1797Kingfisher (18), LieutenantRNB1823
26.4.179814.4.1802Impetueux (74), First LieutenantNAO
1.6.18006.6.1800Operation in Quiberon Bay 
25.8.180026.8.1800Attack on Ferrol 
20.6.1803 Married Mary 
28.10.180427.2.1805Hindostan (52), LieutenantNAO
2.3.18052.7.1805Dragon (74), Second LieutenantNAO
3.7.180513.8.1805Ajax (74), First LieutenantNAO
22.7.1805 3rd Battle of Cape Finisterre 
10.180512.1805Ajax (74), Lieutenant and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
21.10.1805 Battle of Trafalgar 
25.12.1805 CaptainCSORN
6.1815 Appointed Companion of the Companion of the Order of the BathRNB1823

Notes on Officer


Actions of June 1800RNB1823

On the 4th the Thames, Cynthia, and small force, attacked the S. W. end of Quiberon, silenced the forts, which were afterwards destroyed by a party of troops landed under Major Ramsay ; several vessels were brought off, and some scuttled; the only loss 2 killed and 1 wounded on board the Cynthia. On the 6th, before day, we succeeded in an attempt upon the Morbihan, from whence were taken 2 brigs, 2 sloops, 2 gun-vessels, and about 100 prisoners; a corvette, I'lnsolente of 18 guns! was burnt, with several other small craft, the guns all destroyed, and the magazine blown up.




Three hundred of the Queen's regiment were employed upon this service; and the gun-launches and naval force were under the direction of Lieutenant John Pilfold of this ship, who boarded the corvette with much bravery, and performed the service with much judgment and officer-like conduct; the loss was only one seaman killed in his boat, and some slight hurts



Service after Trafalgar
Despite his promotion to post rank he appears to have never served afloat again

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
RNB1823Royal Navy BiographyJohn MarshallDigital Book
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
ODNBOxford Dictionary of National BiographyOxford University PressWeb Site
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook

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