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Austen, Francis William

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Title Admiral of the Fleet (RN)
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Birth 23/04/1774 Death 10/08/1865
Place Steventon Place Widley
Area Hampshire Area Hampshire
Country UK Country UK
 
Titles
Honours GCB. Naval Gold Medal (Battle of San Domingo).
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Biography
He was a brother of the celebrated writer Jane Austen.
 
Military Service
He was appointed as a student at the Royal Naval Academy on 01/04/1786. He was appointed as a Midshipman RN 1788. He served in H.M.S. Perseverance 1788. He served in H.M.S. Crown. He served in H.M.S. Minerva. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RN (With seniority dated 28/12/1792). He served in H.M.S. Dispatch as First Lieutenant. He served in H.M.S. Minerva. He served in H.M.S. Lark as First Lieutenant. He served in H.M.S. Andromeda as First Lieutenant. He served in H.M.S. Prince George. He served in H.M.S. Glory. He served in H.M.S. Shannon as First Lieutenant. He served in H.M.S. Triton as First Lieutenant. He served in H.M.S. Seahorse as First Lieutenant. He served in H.M.S. London as First Lieutenant. He was appointed as a Commander RN (With seniority dated 03/02/1799). He served in H.M.S. Petrel (In command) 1799. He was appointed as a Captain RN (With seniority dated 13/05/1800). He served in HMS Neptune (In command) 1800. He served as Commanding Officer of Sea Fencibles at Ramsgate 1803. He served in H.M.S. Leopard (In command) as Flag Captain to Rear-Admiral Louis) 1804. He served in H.M.S. Canopus (In command) 1805 as Flag Captain to Rear-Admiral Louis 1805. He was present at the Battle of St. Domingo for which he received the thanks of both Houses of Parliament in 1806. He served in H.M.S. St. Albans (In command) 1807. He served in H.M.S. Caledonia as Flag Captain to Lord Gambier 1810. He served in H.M.S. Elephant (In command) 1811-1814. He captured the American Privateer Swordfish in 1812. He served as a Colonel (RM) of Royal Marines 1825-1830. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral RN (With seniority dated 22/07/1830). He was appointed as a Vice-Admiral RN (With seniority dated 28/06/1838). He was appointed as Commander-in-Chief North America and Newfoundland Station (Flag in H.M.S. Vindictive) 1844. He was appointed as an Admiral RN (With seniority dated 01/08/1848). He was appointed as a Admiral-of-the-Fleet RN 27/04/1863. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral of the United Kingdom 1862. He was appointed as a Vice-Admiral of the United Kingdom 1862.
 
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References
O'Byrne, William Richard (1849);
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2011-01-31

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