Walter Bathurst

Walter Bathurst (1764?–20 October 1827), was a captain in the British Royal Navy who was killed at the Battle of Navarino.

Walter Bathurst
Born1764
Died20 October 1827
at the battle of Navarino
AllegianceGreat Britain
Service/branch Royal Navy
Years of service1780–1827
RankCaptain
Commands held
Battles/wars

BiographyEdit

His father was one of the thirty-six children of Sir Benjamin Bathurst MP, the younger brother of Allen, first Earl Bathurst. One of his uncles was Dr. Henry Bathurst, bishop of Norwich.

After being on the books of the guardship at Plymouth for more than a year, he was, on 5 October 1781, appointed to the Yarmouth, which, in the beginning of 1782, accompanied Sir George Rodney to the West Indies, and participated in the Battle of the Saintes off Dominica on 12 April. He afterwards served in the Perseus, and was made lieutenant on 15 November 1790. In April 1791 was appointed to the brig Ferret on the home station. He continued in her for nearly three years, and on 30 December 1793 was appointed to the frigate Andromache, in which he served on the Newfoundland Station, and afterwards with the fleet off Cadiz under Lord St. Vincent.

In May 1797 he was transferred to the Ville de Paris, and on 3 July 1798 was appointed captain of the same ship by order from Lord St. Vincent. His promotion was not confirmed till 24 October 1799; but he continued to command the Ville de Paris till May 1800, and for a great part of the time with Lord St. Vincent's flag at the main. He afterwards commanded the frigates Eurydice, Terpsichore, and the Pitt, in the East Indies, in all of which he was fortunate in making several rich prizes. Having brought home the Pitt, rechristened Salsette, he still commanded her in the Baltic in 1808, and in July 1809 was employed in escorting part of Lord Chatham's army to Walcheren. The following year he was appointed to the 74-gun ship Fame in which he went out to the Mediterranean, and stayed there till the end of the war.

He had no further service till 1824, when he commissioned the 74-gun Genoa which, on 20 October 1827, formed part of the fleet commanded by Sir Edward Codrington at Navarino. The accident of position caused the Genoa's loss to be very heavy; her list of killed considerably exceeded that of any other ship in the fleet, and included Bathurst. Codrington wrote a personal letter of condolence to Bathurst's widow, the mother of five children. One of these, following his father's steps, entered the navy, and had attained the rank of commander, when he died at a comparatively early age.

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Bathurst, Walter". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.