MEMOIR OF THE LIFE AND SERVICES OF ADMIRAL SIR WILLIAM HARGOOD, G.C.B., G.C.H. COMPILED FROM AUTHENTIC DOCUMENTS UNDER THE DIRECTION OF LADY HARGOOD.

Allen, Joseph.


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Printed for Private Circulation Only. Greenwich: Henry S. Richardson, 1st.ed., 1841. Xii + 296 pp., guarded engraved portrait frontis + 2 aquatints. Green ribbed cloth; gilt; richly decorated spine in gilt, gilt armorial front cover. Edges uncut. 26 x 17cm. Neatly re-backed with most of the original spine laid down. V.G. Two armorial bookplates, one of Captain Robert Henley Rogers, R.N., of Wisdome, Devon. (Later Rear-Admiral, born August 1783 ; died 3 January 1857 See O'Byrne, p. 1000, for details of his naval career. He served under Rainer, Byam Martin, etc.). The other bookplate is of Commander R. Jukes Hughes, R.N. An inscription around this bookplates reads : "Lieut. E. G. de S. Jukes Hughes, Royal Navy, 1908. Note : Admiral Sir. Wm. Hargood was Godfather to Hargood White, 4th Son of Rear Adml. Thos. White, Gt. Grandfather of E. G. de S. J.H.". This copy is also inscribed on the title-page : "Capt. Robt. H. Rogers R.N., given him by Lady Hargood." The author of this biography, Joseph Allen (1810-1864) is perhaps best remembered for his history of the battles of the Royal Navy and for his biography of Nelson. However, Allen was a fitting choice to record the life of Admiral Hargood as he was no stranger to the survivors of Trafalgar. Hargood was in command of the BELLEISLE on the 21st October 1805, having been born in 1762 and at the age of ten taken out of school to join the TRIUMPH, 74, bearing the broad pendant of Commodore Maurice Suckling, Nelson's uncle, under whom Nelson himself had joined a year earlier. It was some years however, before Hargood met Nelson, together with Collingwood, when he was sent out to the West Indies as a lieutenant. Hargood served under Sir Peter Parker in the attack on Sullivan's Island in 1776 and was captured by the Spanish at Pensacola in 1781. A year later he was fighting under Rodney at Dominica and he was appointed captain in 1790. The height of Hargood's naval career came when he was given command of the BELLEISLE as part of Lord Nelson's fleet in 1803, going on to fight at Trafalgar two years later. He rose to become a vice-admiral in 1814, admiral and GCB in 1831, and was in regular correspondence with his old friend from those West Indian days, William IV, during that monarch's reign. Hargood died at Bath in 1839. In writing this book, chiefly for Hargood's family and friends, Allen received invaluable contributions from, among others, Vice-Admiral Sir Jahleel Brenton and Sir George Westphal ' the latter being a midshipman in the VICTORY at Trafalgar, and whom, upon being wounded, had had Nelson's coat placed under his head as a pillow. For his services at Trafalgar, Sir William Hargood received a gold medal, the thanks of Parliament, and a sword of honour from the Patriotic Fund. (For further details see Mackenzie's Trafalgar Roll, 1913). The BELLEISLE bore a very distinguished part in Nelson's last fight. Early in the battle she came under heavy fire and although later completely dismasted and shattered, she remained unconquered. She suffered the loss of 127 killed and wounded and her hull was knocked almost to pieces on both sides ; her masts, bowsprit, figurehead, boats and anchors were all shot away. Hargood's privately circulated Memoirs.


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