Pascoe Dunn

RolesNaval Sailor 
First Known Service17.8.1808CSORN
Last Known Service15.6.1814CSORN
Date of Death1826CSORN

Event History

Date fromDate toEventSource
17.8.18087.1.1809Tuscan (16), Acting LieutenantADM9
7.1.1809 LieutenantCSORN
7.1.180930.10.1812Tuscan (16), First LieutenantADM9
31.10.18091.11.1809Action in Rosas Bay 
1.11.1809 Slightly woundedBG
15.6.1814 Superannuated CommanderCSORN


CSORNCommissioned Sea Officers of the Royal NavyDavid Bonner Smith / Syrett & DiNardoWeb Site
ADM9ADM 9 Survey Returns of Officers' Services - 1817-1848  Archive
BGThe London GazetteOfficialWeb Site

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Posted by Roger Hutchins on Monday 12th of November 2018 20:41

ADM 1/375 (33) is a report by Tuscan's Captain George Matthew Jones to Admiral A.K. Legge, commanding the Cadiz Squadron, of a desperate night action on 11 July 1812 in company with gun-brig HMS Endeavour. Jones was attempting to cut out three privateers sheltering in the little harbour of Chipiona beneath the cover of a battery of two guns. Chipiona is just north of Cadiz, on an estuary of shoals. One privateer was bought out despite the three being joined by iron chains. But Endeavour grounded and was lost, several of her crew wounded, several taken prisoner (her Captain John Talbott exonerated by court martial 20 July). Tuscan had one killed, two mortally wounded, 15 others wounded including, remarkably 6 of her 8 NCOs including the Captain's Clerk. In addition 1st Lieut Pascoe Dunn (born 1786) was severely wounded in the legs during the initial attack (later described as four wounds). He and 2nd Lieut William Ody were highly commended by Jones for their gallantry. Several casualties were marines, suggesting that the little ship had some 120 souls aboard at the time. Jones; "The First Lieutenant Dunn who set a noble example of intrepidity was severely wounded in the legs ... never was more determined courage shown than by Lieutenants Dunn and [William] Ody, with the different Officers [NCOs] and crews of this Brig in boarding the Enemy's Privateers and bringing one out". Dunn returned on Tuscan to Plymouth, and was obliged by his wounds to retire from active service 30 October 1812. In August 1813 he received a gratuity of £109 10/- and award of a pension of £91 5/-. Only two months later he married Hester Maxwell, daughter of the apothecary of the Naval Hospital at Gibraltar, and they had five children. He was promoted Commander for rank 15 June 1814, his pension increased to £150. Thus was the Navy's custom for rewarding officers' gallantry. But his health was impaired, he died in 1826 aged 40, and was buried at Devonport.

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