Sir John Balchen


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth2.2.1669/70 - Brook, near GodalmingCSORN
First Known Service1685CSORN
A.K.A.BalchinE-WIKI
FatherJohn Balchen
MotherAbigail Hockley
WifeSusannah Apreece (d.1744)E-WIKI
SonRobert, (1700 - 1700)
SonEdmund, (1714 - 1714)
DaughterAnnesloe, (1670 - ????)
Son George Balchen (1717-1745)E-WIKI
DaughterFrances, (1710-?)E-WIKI
SonDaniel, (1707 - ????)
Last Known Service14.7.1736CSORN
Date of Death5.10.1744 - At sea, off Alderney, English Channel CSORN
Cause of DeathShipwreckCSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
1685 Entered the navyE-WIKI
1692 LieutenantE-WIKI
1692 Dragon (48), First Lieutenant ADM 107/3/131B051
25.7.1697 CaptainCSORN
25.7.169724.9.1698Virgin Prize (32), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/4/134
Commission confirmed 29.12.1697
BWAS-1603
16.3.1699/17005.3.1700/1Burford (70), First Lieutenant ADM 6/6/26ADM 6/6
6.3.1700/119.12.1701Firebrand (28), Captain and Master and Commanding Officer ADM 6/6/69BWAS-1603
19.11.170113.10.1702Vulcan (28), Captain and Master and Commanding Officer ADM 6/6/121ADM 6/6
14.10.170215.12.1702Moderate (64), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/7/62
Commission confirmed 11.11.1702
BWAS-1603
21.1.1702/37.3.1704/5Adventure (42), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/14/80BWAS-1603
10.4.1703 Action of 10th April 1703 
8.3.1704/510.10.1707Chester (54), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/8/161ADM 6/8
10.10.1707 Battle of the Lizard 
4.7.170926.10.1709Gloucester (60), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/10/74BWAS-1603
1.4.171030.8.1714Colchester (54), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/11/37BWAS-1603
7.2.1714/1530.7.1716Diamond (42), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/25ADM 6/12
31.7.171610.9.1716Barfleur (90), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/75ADM 6/12
11.9.171628.11.1717Orford (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/77ADM 6/12
26.10.17168.11.1716Appointed Commander-in-Chief — River Medway and The Nore ADM 6/12/79ADM 6/12
1717 Moved to live at Carlton House, Cheyne Walk 
24.1.1717/1812.3.1718/19Shrewsbury (80), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/112BWAS-1603
11.8.1718 Battle of Cape Passaro 
6.3.1718/1913.11.1721Monmouth (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/12/156BWAS-1714
16.8.172222.2.1725/26Ipswich (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/13/42BWAS-1714
31.1.1725/2613.4.1728Monmouth (70), Captain and Commanding Officer ADM 6/13/99ADM 6/13
19.7.1728 Rear-Admiral of the Blue ADM 6/13/210CSORN
4.3.1728/29 Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 6/14/18CSORN
1731 Dreadnought (60), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 107/3/131BWAS-1714
7.1731 Norfolk (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the White ADM 107/3/131TRN3
29.6.1732 Rear-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/14/117CSORN
26.2.1733/34 Vice-Admiral of the White ADM 6/14/167CSORN
17359.7.1736Princess Amelia (80), as Flag Officer, Vice-Admiral ADM 107/3/131BWAS-1714
2.3.1735/36 Vice-Admiral of the Red ADM 6/15/10CSORN
9.8.1743 Admiral of the White ADM 6/16/207CSORN
1744 Appointed Knight Batchelor 
1.6.1744 Admiral of the White ADM 6/16/314ADM 6/16
1.6.17445.10.1744Victory (100), as Flag Officer, Admiral of the WhiteBWAS-1714
2.6.1744 His wife Susannah died at the age of 77 
28.6.17445.10.1744Appointed Governor of Greenwich Hospital ADM 73/36/84ADM 73/36
14.7.1744 Appointed Commander-in-Chief — English Channel ADM 6/16/341ADM 6/16


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