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John Harrison

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Officer of the British Navy

John Harrison

 

Personal Details

Date of Birth
Place of Birth
Father's NameRobert Harrison
Mother's Name
Married? ( - 1791)
Date of Death15 October 1791

Naval Service Details

Midshipman

DateShipNotes

 

Lieutenant

DateShipNotes

 

Commander

DateShipNotes

 

Captain

DateShipNotes
4 July 1755CumberlandAs flag captain to Rear-Admiral George Pocock on the East India stationB051
1758YarmouthAs flag captain to Rear-Admiral George Pocock on the East India stationB051
1760Returned to England with Rear-Admiral George PocockB051
1761SandwichAs flag captain to Rear-Admiral George Pocock in the expedition to HavannahB051
On his return to England suffered a Stroke of the Palsy from which he never fully recovered and held no further command as a resultB051

 

Rear-Admiral - Superannuated list

DateShipNotes
1779Promoted on the retired list

 

Other Details

 

Actions & Battles

DateSource
29 April 1758Battle of Cuddalore
3 August 1758Battle of Negapatam
10 September 1759Battle of Pondicherry

 

Notes

He was Buried in Westminster Abbey, where his memorial monument reads:

Near, lies buried rear-admiral JOHN HARRISON, son of captain Robert Harrison, who educated him from his infancy in the navy, having himself served in it forty years. He was captain of the Namur, the ship of admiral sir George Pocock in several successful engagements with the French fleet, commanded by the count D'Ache in one of which he was wounded. He conducted under the same British admiral, the armament against the Havannah, and brought the fleet and treasure safe to England. In consequence of excessive fatigue, soon after his return he lost the use of one side by a paralytic stroke, and remained helpless twenty-eight years. He was frim in action, prudent in conduct, polished in society, generous and humane. in a profession, and upon an element where human virtue is of the most rigid kind, and human nature is nost severely tried, his modesty was equal to his virtues.

 

Sources

B051Biographia NavalisJohn Charnock

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