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Birth of John Jervis

Posted in Anniversary, Famous battles, History on Wednesday, 29 December 2010

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John Jervis, Earl of St Vincent

9 January marks the anniversary of John Jervis, 1st Earl of St Vincent and Admiral of the Fleet, in 1735. Born in Meaford Hall, Staffordshire, Jervis ran away and joined the navy at the age of 13, returning when he heard that his family were upset at his disappearance. He was subsequently allowed to join as an able seaman in 1749. After involvement in various battles (including the American War of Independence), he returned to England and took up political office. He resigned in 1794 and subsequently became commander of the Mediterranean Fleet, taking HMS Victory as his flagship.

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The history of H.M.S. Victory. Illustration by C. L. Doughty

Jervis retired in 1807 and sat in the House of Lords. He died in 1823.

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