Charles Shadwell (Royal Navy officer)

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Sir Charles Shadwell
Born 31 January 1814
Died 1 March 1886 (1886-04) (aged 72)
Melksham, Wiltshire
Allegiance United Kingdom United Kingdom
Service/branch Naval Ensign of the United Kingdom.svg Royal Navy
Years of service 1827–1879
Rank Admiral
Commands held HMS Sphinx
HMS Highflyer
HMS Aboukir
HMS Hastings
China Station
Royal Naval College, Greenwich
Battles/wars Second Opium War
Awards Knight 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 1865 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]


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