Sir John Balchen


NationalityBritish 
RolesNaval Sailor 
Date of Birth2.2.1669/70 - Brook, near GodalmingCSORN
First Known Service1685CSORN
A.K.A.BalchinEWIKI
FatherJohn Balchen
MotherAbigail Hockley
WifeSusannah Apreece (d.1744)EWIKI
SonEdmund, (1714 - 1714)
DaughterAnnesloe, (1670 - ????)
SonGeorge Balchen (1717-1745)EWIKI
DaughterFrances, (1710-?)EWIKI
SonDaniel, (1707 - ????)
SonRobert, (1700 - 1700)
Last Known Service10.9.1716CSORN
Date of Death5.10.1744 - At sea, off Alderney, English Channel CSORN
Cause of DeathShipwreckCSORN

Event History


Date fromDate toEventSource
1685 Entered the navyEWIKI
1692 LieutenantEWIKI
1692 Dragon (48), First LieutenantB051
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 
6.3.1718/1931.1.1720/21Monmouth (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 WhiteBWAS-1714
7.1731 Norfolk (80), as Flag Officer, Rear-Admiral of the WhiteTRN3
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
173514.7.1736Princess Amelia (80), as Flag Officer, Vice-AdmiralBWAS-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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