Frederick Ross Boardman

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Admiral Frederick Ross Boardman, C.B., Royal Navy, Retired (28 June, 1843 – 24 September, 1927) was an officer of the Royal Navy.

Early Life & Career

Born the eldest son of Frederick Boardman of Liverpool in 1843, Boardman joined the Navy in January of 1856. He was made a Sub-Lieutenant in September, 1862.[1]

Boardman was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant on 9 November, 1864.[2] He was appointed as Flag Lieutenant in Repulse to Rear Admiral Hillyar, Commander-in-Chief of the Pacific on 9 July, 1872.[3]

Boardman was promoted to the rank of Commander on 24 September, 1873, and arrived back in England in Repulse on 21 October.[4]

He was appointed in command of the composite gun vessel Template:UK-1Griffon on 25 September, 1877 and was commended for her "very creditable" inspection. He was praised for soundings he conducted of Delaware Shoal and Darien Rock in 1880 before finally paying off Griffon on 7 March, 1881. He was next appointed to command the dispatch vessel Salamis of the Channel Squadron on 15 October, 1881, having married Sophia Almon, daughter of Hon. James Cogwell of Hallifax, Nova Scotia, on 7 July.[5][1]

Egyptian War

In 1882, Boardman took Salamis into the Mediterranean and participated in operations in the war in Egypt, being awarded the Egyptian medal and Khedive's Bronze Star for his services.[1]

Boardman was promoted to the rank of Captain with seniority of 31 December, 1882.[6]

On 16 September, 1884, his service record states that he was "in command of whole of Navy of Nile during Khartoum Expedition (excepting Naval Brigade [dates illegible])". He arrived home at the end of August, 1885[7] and was appointed a Member of the Third Class, or Companion, in the Military Division of the Most Honourable Order of the Bath (C.B.) on 25 August, 1885,[8] Lord Wolseley having reported that Boardman "helped us in fitting out our boats, in working them over the worst cataracts in the Nile, and in keeping open our line of communications over the river." These accomplishments resulted in an additional award for the Captain of the Nile 1884-5 clasp to his Egyptian medal.[1]

In February, 1887, he was appointed in command of the Indian troopship Serapis.

Boardman was appointed to command Template:UK-1Inconstant for manoeuvres on 22 July, 1890 until she paid off on 9 September.[9] In April, 1891 he was sent to command the Belleisle, coast guard ship stationed in Kingstown in Ireland, soon thereafter moving to the newer Melampus. He remained in Irish waters in his next command, appointed in 1895 as Flag Captain to the Senior Officer, Coast of Ireland, in Warspite operating out of Kingstown. He would remain in command until 1898.[1]

Flag Rank

Boardman was promoted to the rank of Rear-Admiral on 19 March, 1898, vice Rawson.[10]

In accordance with the provisions of the Order in Council of 22 February, 1870, Boardman was placed on the Retired List at his own request on 1 August, 1899.[11]

He was advanced to the rank of Vice-Admiral on the Retired List on 30 May, 1903,[12] and to the rank of Admiral on the Retired List on 8 February, 1907.[13]

Boardman had two daughters and a son, Paymaster-Captain John Cogswell Boardman, who reported the Admiral's death to a cerebral haemorrhage on 24 September, 1929.[14]

Bibliography

  • "Admiral Boardman" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 26 September, 1927. Issue 44696, col A, p. 14.

Service Records

Naval Appointments
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Arethusa
4 Jul, 1888[15] – 31 Aug, 1888[16]
Succeeded by
Gerald C. Langley
Preceded by
Ernest Rice
Captain of H.M.S. Iris
18 Jul, 1889[17] – 14 Sep, 1889[18]
Succeeded by
Charles J. Norcock
Preceded by
The Hon. Richard Hare
Captain of H.M.S. Belleisle
6 Apr, 1891[19][20] – 30 Apr, 1893[21]
Succeeded by
?
Preceded by
George V
Captain of H.M.S. Melampus
1 May, 1893[22] – 6 Apr, 1894[23]
Succeeded by
Charles P. G. Hicks
Preceded by
?
Captain of H.M.S. Conqueror
18 Jul, 1894[24] – Aug, 1894[25]
Succeeded by
Frederick S. Pelham
Preceded by
Robert F. Hammick
Captain of H.M.S. Warspite
24 May, 1895[26]
Succeeded by
A. Berkeley Milne
Preceded by
Robert W. Stopford
Captain of H.M.S. Howe
? – 19 Mar, 1898[27]
Succeeded by
Edward H. M. Davis
 

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "Admiral Boardman" (Obituaries). The Times. Monday, 26 September, 1927. Issue 44696, col A, p. 14.
  2. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 22?
  3. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 22?
  4. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 22?
  5. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 22?
  6. The London Gazette: no. 25184. p. 31. 2 January, 1883.
  7. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  8. The London Gazette: no. 25505. p. 4050. 25 August, 1885.
  9. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  10. The London Gazette: no. 26950. p. 1866. 22 March, 1898.
  11. The London Gazette: no. 27114. p. 5520. 5 September, 1899.
  12. The London Gazette: no. 27561. p. 3576. 5 June, 1903.
  13. The London Gazette: no. 27993. p. 899. 8 February, 1907.
  14. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  15. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  16. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  17. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  18. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  19. The Navy List. (March, 1892). p. 202.
  20. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  21. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  22. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  23. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  24. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  25. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.
  26. The Navy List. (March, 1896). p. 268k.
  27. Boardman Service Record. The National Archives. ADM 196/36. f. 125.