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Admiral Edmund Gardiner Fishbourne

Source: Michael Purcell 2013

1887, Complete obituary for Admiral Edmund Gardiner Fishbourne.

 Transcribed by Michael Purcell,  May 2013.

 Carlow Sentinel. May 1887.

 Death of Admiral Fishbourne, C.B.

We regret to announce the almost sudden death of another illustrious Carlow man, and distinguished naval officer, Admiral E.G. Fishbourne, which occurred on the 12th May 1887, after an illness of two days, of congestion of the brain. Deceased was the youngest and last surviving son of the late William Fishbourne, J.P. (last Sovereign of Carlow), and, as will be seen by the obituary notice, which we copy from the Times, had a very distinguished naval career, while to the close of his useful life he was intimately identified with missionary work in London.

His death is deeply deplored, and especially amongst his many relatives and friends in this his native county.

Our contemporary says :- "The death of Admiral Edmond Gardiner Fishbourne, C.B., which happened at the end of last week at his residence in Hogarth Road, Kensington, has removed one of the most active and energetic of Lord Shaftesbury's colleagues in the work of evangelising the masses of this great metropolis.

He was a very familiar presence at the May meetings of Exeter-hall, and his exertions were not confined to members of his own profession. He entered the Royal Navy in the year 1824, passed his examination in 1830, and obtained his first commission in 1835.

He saw much active service during the next three years on the African coast, in her Majesty's ships Thalia, Pylades, and Scout, and later in the Albert steamer, under Captain Henry Dundas Trotter, in which he attended the unfortunate expedition to the banks of the river Niger. While employed on this service he was promoted to the rank of Commander, and appointed to the Soudan, another steamer.

He went on half-pay in 1842, but subsequently served in the Caffre war of 1850 - 51, when he received the thanks of the Governor of the Cape of Good Hope and of the authorities of Grahamstown and Algoa Bay. About the same time he was created a Companion of the Order of the Bath. He was afterwards actively employed against the privateers in the Chinese seas, and was engaged under the Treasury in relief service for some two or three years. He obtained flag rank in 1869, and became full Admiral in 1880.

He was for many years honorary secretary to the Royal Patriotic Fund, and to the Naval and Military Bible Society.  entered Royal Navy in 1824, distinguished navy career. Colleague of Lord Shaftsbury.


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