Beauchamp Seymour, 1st Baron Alcester


Beauchamp Seymour, 1st Baron Alcester

Infobox Military Person
name= Admiral The Lord Alcester
lived= 12 April 1821 – 30 March 1895]
placeofbirth= London, England
placeofdeath= London, England


nickname=
allegiance= flagicon|United Kingdom United Kingdom
serviceyears=1834 - 1885
rank= Admiral
branch=
branch
commands= Captain, HMS "Meteor", 1855-56
Commander of the Naval Brigade in New Zealand, 1860-61
Lord of the Admiralty, 1872-74
C-in-C Channel Fleet, 1874-77
C-in-C Mediterranean Fleet, 1880-1983
Second Sea Lord, 1883-85
[cite web| last =Lundy| first =Darryl| title =The Peerage| url =http://www.thepeerage.com/p5445.htm| accessdate =2007-10-15 ]
unit=
battles=Crimean War (1856),
Maori War (1860-1861),
Anglo-Egyptian War (1882)

awards= GCB
laterwork=

Admiral Frederick Beauchamp Paget Seymour, 1st Baron Alcester, GCB (12 April 1821 – 30 March 1895) was a British admiral. He was the son of Colonel Sir Horace Seymour and a cousin of the 5th Marquess of Hertford. He was a great-grandson of the 1st Marquess of Hertford.

He entered the Royal Navy in 1834, and served in the Mediterranean and the Pacific, and was for three years was aide-de-camp to his uncle Sir George Seymour, and was promoted to Commander in 1847. He also served in Burma. He commanded the Naval Brigade in New Zealand during the Maori Wars of 1860-61, and was made a Commander of the Bath for this.

In 1872, he became a Lord of the Admiralty for two years, and then commander the Channel fleet. He became a Vice-Admiral on 31 December 1876, and was appointed KCB in June 1877, and was promoted to GCB on 24 May 1881. From 1880 to 1883 he was Commander-in-Chief of the Fleet in the Mediterranean. He became an Admiral in May 1882.

He was created Baron Alcester (pronounced "Allster"), of Alcester in the County of Warwick, in 1882 for his command of the bombardment of Alexandria and in the subsequent operations on the coast of Egypt. He was also honoured with a parliamentary grant of £25,000, the Freedom of the City of London and a Sword of Honour. He died unmarried and his peerage became extinct.

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