Commander A. Barrow (1815 – 1866)

Arthur Barrow was born on the 25th January 1815 at Wedmore in Somerset and died on the 26th April 1866.  He was one of 16 siblings.  It is said that they all played different musical instruments, and also that there may be memorials to a number of them beneath the long aisle of Wedmore church.  He was married in 1848 to Harriet Allen of Burnham in Somerset, and was the father of their 7 children.  He was a naval man, as was his second son, also Arthur, and reached the rank of Commander in the Royal Navy on full pay when he died.  He was born in the year of the Battle of Waterloo, and died aged 51 in 1866, the year the first submarine telegraph cable was laid beneath the Atlantic linking Europe and America.  His own career spanned his being briefly on board the 2nd rate ship-of-the-line HMS Spartiate, captured at the Battle of the Nile and subsequently part of Collingwood’s line of battle at Trafalgar, to being involved in the testing of ships converted to steam propulsion in the mid-1800s.  He served in various waters; around the United Kingdom, in the Mediterranean, and in the South Atlantic off South America and the coast of Africa.  Towards the end of his career, he was on HMS Cumberland, guard ship of the Steam Reserve (those sailing ships powered by steam, either laid up or in harbour) at Sheerness in Kent.  He died in service.

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