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|Date from||Date to||Event||Source|
|6.10.1741||Passed the Lieutenant's Examination ADM 107/3/448||RNLPC|
|3.6.1743||Lieutenant ADM 6/16/411||CSORN|
|12.12.1759||22.7.1761||Cambridge (80), First Lieutenant ADM 6/19/118||ref:849|
|22.7.1761||Commander ADM 6/19/337||CSORN|
|22.7.1761||31.8.1761||Port Antonio (12), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/19/337||ADM 6/19|
|22.7.1761||1763||Port Royal (12), Commander and Commanding Officer||BWAS-1714|
|6.6.1762||13.8.1762||Operations against Havana|
At Southampton, Captain Thomas Prescott, the senior commander in his Majesty's navy, and believed to be the oldest officer in the service of his country, at his decese. He was a midshipman, serving on board the Buckinghan, at Gibraltar, when George the First died, which was before the oldest Admiral now in the navy was born. He was a lieutenant on board the Buckingham, in the action rendered famous by the trial of Admirals Lestock and Mathews, and was an evidence examined in that memorable court-martial. After which he was seven years first lieutenant of the Grafton, Commodore Holmes, at the time the Grafton rudders were first introduced ; in this ship he was employed at the siege of Quebec, where part of the debarkation of the troops fell to his lot ; he was attending on that duty on shore, on the spot when the lamented General Wolfe breathed his last. After the reduction of Quebec, he proceeded to Jamaica; in the year 1761 he was promoted to the rank he held at his death. As he was unable to pursue active service afterwards from the effects of some very severe wounds about his head, which he received as a midshipman when in wheWest Indies, in the act of boarding a privateer, the impress was the only service he ever after was capable of. But in the late war, while living in the Isle of Wight, at the time of threatened invasion, his application to the Admiralty run thus, “If their lordships will give me charge of a battery on the coast, I flatter myself I can sit and defend it as long as any man, though from my age I cannot run away.” For several years past his Majesty has personally noticed him whenever passing in that neighbourhood, the last time his Majesty was at Southampton, this veteran was sent for, and was able to attend the summons, and was highly gratified at the notice of his Sovereign.