Commander Barrow – Career

Age From To Rank Ship
0 25 Jan 1815 Born  at Wedmore in Somerset.

Wedmore Manor

Wedmore Manor

12y 10m 1  Nov 1827    ?1828 First-class Volunteer / Midshipman HMS Badger Arthur Barrow’s first ship
    ?1828 ? Midshipman HMS Donegal The ship that brought Wolfe Tone to Ireland
       ? ? Midshipman HMS Ferret Across the Atlantic
20y 4m 18 May 1835 Passed Midshipman Arthur Barrow passed the Lieutenant’s examination, and would become a Lieutenant when a vacancy became available.  It was to be another three years before a Royal Commission, presided over by the Duke of Wellington, recommended the institution of the rank of ‘Mate’ as an official step between Midshipman and Lieutenant.  In 1861 ‘Mate’ was abolished in favor of Sub-lieutenant.
20y 8m  2  Sep 1835 8 Sep   1835 Mate HMS Spartiate The ship that fought at Trafalgar
21y 1m 3   Feb 1836  3 Apr 1839 Mate HMS Scout Off the west coast of Africa
25y 5m 8   Jun 1840 17 May   1842 Mate HMS Rodney The second Egyptian – Ottoman war
27y 4m 20 May 1842 13  Jul 1842 Lieutenant HMS Queen The Queen at Malta
27y 6m 13  Jul 1842 27  Jul 1843 Lieutenant HMS Howe … in the Mediterranean
29y 11m 11 Dec 1844 13 May 1848 Lieutenant HMS Ranger Back to Africa
33y 10m 28 Nov 1848 Lieutenant Marriage ‘… at Burnham, Somersetshire, by the Rev. F.F. Beadon, Arthur Barrow, Esq., Lieutenant R.N., son of John Barrow Esq., of the Manor-house, Wedmore, to Harriet, eldest daughter of John Allen, Esq.,of Burnham.’

Burnham on Sea church

St. Andrew’s Church, Burnham-on-Sea

34y 2m 13 Mar 1849 31 Mar 1852 Lieutenant HMS Racer Racing around the Med
39y 3m 29 Apr 1854  1  Mar 1856 Lieutenant HMS Calcutta To the Baltic in the Crimean War
41y 4m 24 May 1856  5  Dec 1856 Lieutenant HMS Hogue To Queenstown, County Cork in the Great Hunger
41y 10m 22 Nov 1856 Commander Promotion.
44y 3m 27 Apr 1859 24 Jun 1860 Commander HMS Exmouth Action in the Mediterranean
48y 2m 18 Mar 1863 26 Apr 1866 Commander HMS Cumberland Steam trials at Maplin Sands
51y 3m  26 Apr 1866 Died  –  on full pay.  Buried in the churchyard at Burnham-on-sea.                                                                               From his joining the Royal Navy at the age of 12 years 10 months, Arthur Barrow spent 27 years of his remaining life at sea.


His gravestone at St. Andrew’s, Burnham-on-Sea

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