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Richard Kempenfelt

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Officer of the British Navy

Richard Kempenfelt


Personal Details

Date of Birth1718
Place of BirthWestminster
Father's NameLieutenant-Colonel Kempenfelt
Mother's Name
Date of Death29 August 1762


Naval Service Details





14 January 1741PromotedB051
27 April 1751AnsonB051






17 January 1757ElizabethAs flag captain to Commodore Charles StevensB051
1757-Mar-10ElizabethSailed for the East IndiesB057
1758-AprElizabethCommended in dispatches by Admiral Pocock for his part in the Battle of CuddaloreB051
1758QueenboroughEscorting the Revenge (EIC), carrying troops, to Madras to raise the French seige of the cityB051
1758-OctGraftonAs flag captain to Rear-Admiral Charles StevensB051
1760-JunNorfolkAs flag captain to Rear-Admiral Charles StevensB051
NorfolkAs flag captain to Rear-Admiral Samuel CornishB051
1760-SepNorfolkAt the seige of ManillaB051
NorfolkWith Seaford and Seahorse sent to take possession of the Port of CaviteB051
Appointed Governor of Cavite by Sir William DraperB051
NorfolkReturned home shortly after as bearer of the Admirals dispatchesB051
1763NorfolkReturned to India as flag captain to Rear-Admiral Samuel CornishB051
1763NorfolkReturned to England, the ship being laid upB051
1771BuckinghamLeft the commandB051
1779-Mar-19VictoryAs captain of the Fleet to Sir Charles HardyB051


Rear-Admiral of the Blue

26 September 1779VictoryPromoted by stayed as captain of the Fleet to Sir Charles HardyB051
24 May 1789VictoryCaptain of the Fleet under Admiral GearyB051
26 September 1780VictoryCaptain of the Fleet under Rear-Admiral Francis W DrakeB051
21 September 1781VictoryAs commander of a squadron of 12 ships of the lineB051
VictoryIn the West Indies, took 15 , and sunk 4 vessels of a French convoyB051
11 March 1782Royal GeorgeAs a flag officer under Barrington sent ot intercept the French squadron from brestB051
29 August 1782Royal GeorgeThe Royal George sank at anchor in Spithead, Admiral Kempenfelt and about 900 others were drownedB051


Other Details


Actions & Battles

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



At the time of his death, Richard Kempenfelt was the youngest flag officer in the navy.



B051Biographia NavalisJohn Charnock
B057British Warships In The Age Of Sail 1714-1792Rif Winfield

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