Charles Shadwell (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Charles Shadwell
Born31 January 1814
Died1 March 1886 (1886-04) (aged 72)
Melksham, Wiltshire
AllegianceUnited Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branchNaval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service1827–1879
Commands heldHMS Sphinx
HMS Highflyer
HMS Aboukir
HMS Hastings
China Station
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/warsSecond Opium War
AwardsKnight Commander of the Order of the Bath

Admiral Sir Charles Frederick Alexander Shadwell, KCB FRS (31 January 1814 – 1 March 1886) was a Royal Navy officer who went on to be Commander-in-Chief, China Station.

Naval career[edit]

Born the fourth son of Sir Lancelot Shadwell, Charles Shadwell joined the Royal Navy in 1827.[1] He was present during operations off Syria in 1840.[2] In 1850 he became Commander in HMS Sphinx and took part in the Second Anglo-Burmese War.[1] Promoted Captain in 1853, he commanded HMS Highflyer from 1856 and took part in the capture of Canton and the Battle of Taku Forts during the Second Opium War.[1] He commanded HMS Aboukir from 1861 and HMS Hastings from 1862.[1] He was appointed Captain-Superintendent of Gosport victualling-yard in 1864 and Commander-in-Chief, China Station in 1871.[1] He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society in 1861.[2] In 1878 he was made President of the Royal Naval College, Greenwich.[2]

He retired in 1879[2] and in retirement lived at Meadow Bank in Melksham in Wiltshire.[2] He died unmarried in 1886.[2]

See also[edit]

  • O'Byrne, William Richard (1849). "Shadwell, Charles Frederick Alexander" . A Naval Biographical Dictionary. John Murray – via Wikisource.


Military offices
Preceded by
Sir Henry Kellett
Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Succeeded by
Sir Alfred Ryder
Preceded by
Sir Edward Fanshawe
President, Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Succeeded by
Sir Geoffrey Hornby