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Hornby, Geoffrey Thomas Phipps

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Title Admiral of the Fleet (RN)
Official Number
Birth 20/02/1825 Death 03/03/1896
Place Winwick Place (nk)
Area Lancs Area (nk)
Country UK Country UK
Honours GCB.
He was the second son of Admiral Sir Phipps Hornby RN. He was the President of the Navy League in 1895. He was the Permanent Chairman of the Defence Committee of the London Chamber of Commerce in 1894.
Military Service
He entered the Royal Navy in 03/1837 serving in H.M.S. Princess Charlotte (flagship of Sir Robert Stopford in the Mediterannean). He was present at the operaions in the archipelago and on the coast of Syria 1839-40. He served in H.M.S. Winchester on the Cape of Good Hope in 1842. He served at Woolwich Dockyard in 1842 on his father's staff. He was appointed as a Lieutenant RN in 1844. He served in H.M.S. Cleopatra under Captain Christopher Wyvill RN for two years hunting slavers on the east coast of Africa in 1844. In 1846 he was sent to the Cape of Good Hope in command of a prize. In 1847 he returned to England in the Wolverene. He served in H.M.S. Asia as Flag Lieutenant to his father Rear-Admiral Sir Phipps Hornby RN in 1847. He was appointed as a Commander RN 1850. He served in the Royal Naval College, He was appointed as a Captain RN in 1852. He served in H.M.S. Tribune (on the Pacific Station 1859-60) 1858. He was present during the "San Juan Difficulty" while on the Pacific Station 1858-60 having carried a detachment of marines to reinforce the British position. In 1860 he returned to the UK. He served in H.M.S. Neptune (in command) in 1861-62 on the Mediterannean Staion. He served in H.M.S. Edgar (In command) as Flag Captain to Rear-Admiral Sidney Colpoys Dacres in the Channel Fleet in 1863. He was appointed as a Commodore RN (With seniority dated 09/1865). He served as Commander of the West Africa Station in 1865. He served in H.M.S. Bristol (In command) 1865. He was appointed as a Rear-Admiral RN (With seniority dated 01/01/1869). He was appointed as a Vice-Admiral RN (With seniority dated 01/01/1875). He was appointed as the Admiral Commanding the Flying Squadron (flag carried in in H.M.S. Liverpool) 1869. He was a member of the Committee on Naval Construction. He served in the Channel Fleet (In command) 1871. He was appointed as the Second Sea Lord of the Admiralty 1875. He was appointed as Commander-in-Chief of the Mediterranean Station in 1876. He was appointed as the President Royal Naval College 1881. He was appointed as the Commander-in-Chief at Portsmouth in 1882. He was appointed as the Commanding Officer of the Evolutionary Squadron in 1885. He was appointed as the Principal AdC to HM The Queen in 1886. He was appointed as a Admiral of the Fleet RN (With seniority dated 01/05/1888).
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Named Features Hornby Island (BC), Mount Geoffrey (BC); Phipps Point (BC);
Walbran, Captain John T. (1909); Dictionary of National Biography; MacFarlane, John M. (1994);
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