John Tarleton (Royal Navy officer)

Admiral Sir John Walter Tarleton KCB (8 November 1811 – 25 September 1880) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Second Naval Lord.

Sir John Tarleton
Born8 November 1811
Died25 September 1880 (1880-09-26) (aged 68)
London, United Kingdom
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1824 – 1879
Commands heldHMS Fox
HMS Eurydice
HMS Euryalus
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Naval careerEdit

Born the son of Thomas Tarleton of Bolesworth Castle and grandnephew of Sir Banastre Tarleton, Tarleton joined the Royal Navy in 1824.[1] He played a key role in resolving a crisis in Burma in 1851 when the master of a British ship was illegally detained in Rangoon.[2]

He was given command of the fifth-rate HMS Fox in 1852, of the frigate HMS Eurydice in 1855 and of the frigate HMS Euryalus in 1858: he led the latter ship as an element of the Channel Squadron and then of the Mediterranean Squadron.[3] At this time Prince Alfred served as a cadet under him.[3] Tarleton served as Junior Naval Lord from 1871 and then as Second Naval Lord from 1872 to 1874.[4] He was promoted to Vice Admiral in 1875 and retired in 1879.[5]

He died at his home in Warwick Square in London.[6]


In 1861 he married Finetta Esther Dinsdale; they went on to have one son and two daughters.[1]

See alsoEdit

  • O'Byrne, William Richard (1849). "Tarleton, John Walter" . A Naval Biographical Dictionary. John Murray – via Wikisource.


Military offices
Preceded by
Lord John Hay
Junior Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Beauchamp Seymour
Preceded by
Last held by
Sir Sydney Dacres
Second Naval Lord
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Hornby