William Walford


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth1787 - Rushmore, SuffolkNAO
First Known Service14.12.1802NAO
WifeMargaret Catherine MeadowsNBD1849
Last Known Service6.11.1846NAO
Date of Death1859

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
14.12.180210.1804Calcutta (26), 1st Class VolunteerNBD1849
11.10.18048.1807Bellerophon (74), MidshipmanNAO
21.10.1805 Battle of Trafalgar 
8.18078.1809Bedford (74), MidshipmanNBD1849
8.18091.6.1810Foudroyant (80), MidshipmanNBD1849
1.6.1810 LieutenantCSORN
1.6.181019.12.1810Foudroyant (80), LieutenantNBD1849
19.12.181026.8.1811Hyacinth (18), LieutenantNBD1849
26.8.18113.5.1812Skylark (16), LieutenantNBD1849
3.5.18124.5.1812Capture of the Apelles 
11.8.18125.6.1813Forester (16), LieutenantNBD1849
5.6.18135.12.1814Goliath (58), LieutenantNBD1849
5.12.18146.4.1815Boyne (98), LieutenantNBD1849
4.6.18159.1815Bellerophon (74), First LieutenantNBD1849
10.3.18466.11.1846Ferret (8), LieutenantNBD1849

Sources


IDDescriptionAuthorType
NAOThe National Archive - Trafalgar AncestorsVariousWeb Site
NBD1849A Naval Biographical Dictionary 1849O'BrienDigital Book
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site

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Posted by Clif on Wednesday 7th of October 2015 10:48

ADM/36/16498 entry 674, Bellerophon Muster Rolls, April to November 1805. ADM 196, 509, William Walford’s postings. National
Maritime Museum Greenwich, LBK 38, Bellerophon Log Book. Walford had joined the Royal Navy when he was 12 years old and was still only 15 when he was a midshipman on the Bellerophon at Trafalgar. Medway Archives and Local Studies Centre,
P306/1/19, Rochester marriages. Ipswich Journal, 3 December 1859, William Walford’s obituary. Walford had a possible greater claim to fame than Trafalgar. Following defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon fled to Rochefort on the west coast of France hoping to find asylum in America. He was trapped by the British blockade outside the port and surrendered to the Bellerophon, the ship on which Walford was now senior lieutenant. Walford accompanied Napoleon to Plymouth where he awaited sentence and eventual exile to St. Helena. SROI, FC 22/D1/4, Playford Baptism Register, 1813-1971.

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