|Andrew Kennedy Bickford|
|Born||16 July 1844
|Died||9 October 1927 (aged 83)|
|Commands held||HMS Thalia
|Awards||Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George|
Bickford joined the Royal Navy in 1858 and took part in the action involving the Huáscar in 1877. He commanded HMS Thalia during the Anglo-Egyptian War of 1882 and became Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station in 1900. His flagship in the Pacific was HMS Warspite until March 1902, when he hoisted his flag on board the first class cruiser HMS Grafton, and Warspite returned home. Promoted to Vice Admiral in 1904 and to full Admiral in 1908, he retired later that year.
Bickford married Kathleen Dore on the 16 April 1868 in the parish church of Queenstown (Cobh). She was the daughter of Dr. Patrick Dore of Skibbereen who had died in 1847 from inflammation of the lung during the Irish famine. The mortality rate amongst physicians in Ireland at this time was in the order of 25%, due to the outbreak of deadly infectious diseases contracted by many of the weakened famine victims. Kathleen's mother, Catherine Power, was sister of Maurice Power, Member of Parliament for Cork 1847-1852.
- Light Airs and Gentle Breezes - a victorian naval life Story: The Life & Times of Admiral Bickford by Richard E. Bickford (his grandson), published by Tartan Edge, 1996
- "BICKFORD, Admiral Andrew Kennedy". Who Was Who. A & C Black, an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing plc, 1920–2008; online edn, Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 1 December 2012.(subscription required)
- Naval & Military Museum Archived 9 June 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Naval & Military intelligence". The Times (36720). London. 20 March 1902. p. 10.
- "Royal Navy Flag Officers of the Dreadnought Era 1904-1945". Retrieved 18 February 2010.
- "Marriages" (18 April 1868). Cork Examiner. Note: Notice in the paper say Kathleen was daughter of the late Dr Dore.
- "Deaths". Cork Examiner. 1 February 1847.
- Note: In his book Light Airs and Gentle Breezes, Richard F. Bickford, gives date of Dr Dore's death as being much later.
- Cormac Ó Gráda, University College Dublin. "Ireland's Great Famine". Economic History Association. Retrieved 17 July 2014.
Sir Lewis Beaumont
|Commander-in-Chief, Pacific Station
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