Sir Edward Codrington

RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth27.4.1770 - London EWIKI
First Known Service18.7.1783EWIKI
WifeJane Hallref:616
SonSir Henry John Codrington (1808-1877)W025
Last Known Service13.2.1856EWIKI
Date of Death28.4.1851 - Westminster EWIKI

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
18.7.17832.1793Princess Augusta (6), Midshipmanref:616
2.179327.5.1793Queen Charlotte (100), Midshipmanref:616
28.5.1793 LieutenantCSORN
28.5.17931794Queen Charlotte (100), Ninth Lieutenantref:616
1794 Santa Margarita (36), Lieutenantref:616
17945.1794Pegasus (28), Lieutenantref:616
5.17946.10.1794Queen Charlotte (100), Lieutenantref:616
1.6.1794 Glorious 1st of June 
23.8.1794 Destruction of the Volontaire 
7.10.1794 Commander ADM 6/25/93ref:616
7.10.17944.1795Comet (8), Commander and Commanding Officer ADM 6/25/93BWAS-1714
6.4.1795 CaptainCSORN
5.179512.1795Babet (20), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
23.6.1795 Action of Ile Groix 
7.17963.1797Druid (32), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1714
27.12.1802 Married Jane (3 sons, 3 daughters)ref:616
5.180512.1806Orion (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
21.10.1805 Battle of Trafalgar 
12.18081812Blake (74), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1793
28.7.18094.9.1809Expedition to the Scheldt 
28.7.180912.1809Walcheren Expedition 
4.12.18135.4.1821Appointed Colonel of Marinesref:616
18141815Forth (44), Captain and Commanding Officerref:616
4.6.1814 Rear-Admiral of the WhiteCSORN
2.1.1815 Created 1st Knight Commander of the Knight Commander of the Order of the BathTKE1
5.4.182128.4.1851Appointed Major-General of Marinesref:616
27.5.1825 Vice-Admiralref:616
4.10.1825 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the BathTKE1
12.18261828Appointed Commander-in-Chief — The Mediterranean SeaEWIKI
20.10.1827 Commanded the British Division at the Battle of Navarino 
13.11.1827 Appointed Knight Grand Cross of the Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bathref:616
10.1.1837 Admiralref:616
22.11.183931.12.1842Appointed Commander-in-Chief — Portsmouthref:616
1.10.184030.9.1841Queen (110), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteW025
1847 Received the Naval General Service Medal with a clasp for the Defeat of the French Fleet, capture of six sail of the line and one sunk whilst serving on Queen Charlotte on 1.6.1794 and a further clasp for an action with the French fleet and the capture of 3 sail of the line whilst serving on Babet on 23.6.1795ADM 171/8
25.10.185313.2.1856Royal George (120), Captain and Commanding OfficerBWAS-1817


EWIKIWikipediaVariousWeb Site
ref:616Who's Who in Nelson's NavyNicholas TracyBook
W025William Loney RN - BackgroundP DavisWeb Site
CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
BWAS-1714British Warships in the Age of Sail 1714 - 1792Rif WinfieldBook
BWAS-1793British Warships in the Age of Sail 1793 - 1817Rif WinfieldBook
TKE1The Knights of England. A complete record Vol IWilliam Arthur Shaw and George Dames BurtchaellDigital Book
ADM 171/8ADM 171/8 Surviving officers and men entitled to clasps of the Naval GSM for actions from 1793 -1827British AdmiraltyDocument
BWAS-1817British Warships in the Age of Sail 1817 - 1863Rif WinfieldBook

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Posted by Brian Stephens on Wednesday 16th of April 2014 19:52

Newspaper - The Tropical Sun, July 22, 1905 p.4
In the year 1827 the British Admiral, Omanney, took part in the battle of Naverino, in which the English, French, and Russian ships entered the harbor of Naverino, in Greece, and annihilated the Turkish and Egyptian vessels, which were unable to to leave their moorings. The battle lasted four hours. Admiral Omanney tells this of Sir Edward Codrington, the Admiral in command. His escapes from death were marvelous. So that he might command a good view of the battle, he stood on the poop of the Asia, the most exposed part of the ship. He was talking with the master when a shot came and killed the latter at his side. A shot killed an officer of the marines who was on the quarter deck just below the poop. The Admiral left the poop only once to go forward to talk to the boatswain, and while talking to him the boatswain was also killed at his side. A bullet went through his hat, in which it made two holes and another bullet went through his loose coat sleeve. Another bullet smashed his gold watch. When on the poop he stooped his head under a rolled awning, and while bent like that a shot passed through the awnings folds. At another time he had just turned from a spot on the poop where the place he had been standing was covered with wreckage from aloft, which would have crushed and buried him and yet through out the battle, when men were being slain and wounded everywhere around him, Codrington escaped uninjured.

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