Sir George Willes
|Born||19 June 1823|
|Died||18 February 1901 (aged 77)|
|Years of service||1838-1888|
|Commands held||HMS Chesapeake|
HMS Prince Consort
Second Opium War
|Awards||Knight Grand Cross of the Order of the Bath|
Born at Hythe, Hampshire in 1823, Willes was the son of Captain George Willes, RN, by his wife Anne Lacon, daughter of Sir Edmund Lacon, Baronet. He was educated at the Royal Naval College, Portsmouth, and joined the Royal Navy in 1838.
Willes received his commission as Mate in 1842, and as Lieutenant in 1844, his early career being uneventful until the outbreak of the Crimean War, when he took part in the bombardment of Odessa and of Fort Constantine at Sevastopol in 1854. In April that year he was promoted Commander, and in May 1856 Captain. He was given command of the frigate HMS Chesapeake in 1859, and of HMS Impérieuse in 1861. In both cases as Flag Captain to the Commander-in-Chief, East Indies. In this capacity he took part in the Battle of the Taku Forts during the Second Opium War.
- "Obituary - Admiral Sir George Willes". The Times (36382). London. 19 February 1901. p. 8.
- Sir George Willes at Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Memorials in Portsmouth Archived 16 October 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- Sir George Ommanney Willes William Loney RN
- Burke's Landed Gentry, 18th Ed., 1969, vol. II, 'Willes formerly of Newbold Comyn' pedigree
- The New Extinct Peerage 1884-1971: Containing Extinct, Abeyant, Dormant and Suspended Peerages With Genealogies and Arms, L. G. Pine, London, U.K.: Heraldry Today, 1972, page 170
| Commander-in-Chief, China Station
Sir William Dowell
Sir Geoffrey Hornby
| Commander-in-Chief, Portsmouth
Sir John Commerell